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plausible

English

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] plausibilis (deserving of applause), from the participle stem of plaudere (to applaud).

Pronunciation

Adjective

plausible (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
plausible

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible: a plausible excuse.
  2. Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready.
  3. Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious; as, a plausible pretext; plausible manners; a plausible delusion.
  4. Using specious arguments or discourse; as, a plausible speaker.
  5. A possibility in reason or thought experiment, but which may as a matter of fact be true or false, the truth of which is yet unknown to the thinker.

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