Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as plausibility.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Quality of being plausible.

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  • noun The state or quality of being plausible.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun apparent validity

Etymologies

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plausible +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Such is 'is plausibleness that' e even sells _Suzanne_ a ticket, though she's not rightly sure if Aston Villa is a race-horse or a lottery number.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-04-14

  • There is the plausibleness of it, the temptation of it.

    Captivity

  • In spite of the visions of their annual feasts which this gastronomic simile must have called up in their minds, the alumni refused to be seduced by its plausibleness.

    History of the University of Virginia, 1819-1919

  • There was a certain plausibleness in this reasoning which curbed

    The Captain of the Kansas

  • The Armenian apparel gave a high degree of plausibleness to such an opinion, and as the wretched man went by the door of his neighbours, he heard cursing and menace, while a hostile pebble now and again whistled past his ear.

    Rousseau (Volume 1 and 2)

  • If a man drew his wife by lot, or by any other method over which neither he nor she has any control, as in the case of parents, perhaps he might with some plausibleness contend that he owed her certain limited deferences and reserves, just as we admit that he may owe them to his parents.

    On Compromise

  • It is plain therefore, that nothing under the name of a divine revelation can with any, the least plausibleness be brought into competition with this book.

    The Whole Works of the Rev. John Howe, M.A. with a Memoir of the Author. Vol. VI.

  • I found it contain a greater number of circumstances than could have been expected in this species of publication, I was equalled to the most notorious housebreaker in the art of penetrating through walls and doors, and to the most accomplished swindler in plausibleness, duplicity, and disguise.

    Caleb Williams Or Things as They Are

  • He valued himself too much, as the Pharisees did, upon the plausibleness of his profession before men, and was proud of that, which spoiled the acceptableness of it.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • And the plausibleness of it made it the more dangerous.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume I (Genesis to Deuteronomy)

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