Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Showing or expressing praise or approbation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Applauding; manifesting praise or approval.
  • Plausible.

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

  • adjective Applauding; manifesting praise.
  • adjective obsolete Plausible, specious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective rare laudable
  • adjective obsolete applauding; showing praise
  • adjective obsolete plausible; specious

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

  • adjective expressing or manifesting praise or approval

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin plaudere, plaus-, to applaud.]

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Latin plaudere, plausum, to applaud.

Examples

  • It must be a very plausive invention that carries it: they begin to smoke me; and disgraces have of late knocked too often at my door.

    All’s Well That Ends Well

  • It must be a very plausive invention that carries it.

    Act IV. Scene I. All’s Well that Ends Well

  • "He'll come on your shoulder presently," said Sister Mary John, and after some plausive coquetting the bird fluttered on to Evelyn's shoulder, and Sister Mary John said --

    Evelyn Innes

  • He covered a canvas with erratic blots of colour and quaint signs, but his plausive eloquence carried him through, and Elsie thought more highly of his talents than he did of hers.

    Celibates

  • A pale yellow sky rose behind the brick neighbourhood, and with agonised soul the woman viewed its plausive serenity.

    Esther Waters

  • Deceived, Olive abandoned herself to the plausive charm of Violet's manner, and at different times she spoke of her flirtation, and told many little incidents concerning it -- what he had said to her, how she had answered him, and how, the last time they had met, he had expressed his sorrow at being unable to call to see her until the end of the week.

    Muslin

  • And utter England's name with sadly-plausive voice.

    ODE

  • No plausive gift; the smitten head, stopped throat,

    The Poems of Emma Lazarus, Volume 2 Jewish poems: Translations

  • It must be a very plausive invention that carries it.

    Frank Mildmay Or, The Naval Officer

  • It must be a very plausive invention that carries it: they begin to smoke me; and disgraces have of late knocked too often at my door.

    All's Well That Ends Well

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