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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
plau•si•ble /ˈplɔzəbəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. having an appearance of truth or reason; credible;
    believable:a plausible excuse.
plau•si•bil•i•ty /ˌplɔzəˈbɪlɪti/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]The story lacks plausibility.
plau•si•bly, adv.: argued plausibly that he couldn't have gotten there any earlier.See -plaud-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
plau•si•ble  (plôzə bəl), 
  1. having an appearance of truth or reason;
    seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance;
    believable:a plausible excuse; a plausible plot.
  2. well-spoken and apparently, but often deceptively, worthy of confidence or trust:a plausible commentator.
  • Latin plausibilis deserving applause, equivalent. to plaus(us) (past participle of plaudere to applaud) + -ibilis -ible
  • 1535–45
plau′si•bili•ty, plausi•ble•ness, n. 
plausi•bly, adv. 
1 . Plausible, specious describe that which has the appearance of truth but might be deceptive. The person or thing that is plausible strikes the superficial judgment favorably; it may or may not be true:a plausible argument(one that cannot be verified or believed in entirely). Specious definitely implies deceit or falsehood;
the surface appearances are quite different from what is beneath:a specious pretense of honesty; a specious argument(one deliberately deceptive, probably for selfish or evil purposes).
1 . honest, sincere.

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plausible /ˈplɔːzəbəl/ adj
  1. apparently reasonable, valid, truthful, etc: a plausible excuse
  2. apparently trustworthy or believable: a plausible speaker
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin plausibilis worthy of applause, from plaudere to applaud

ˌplausiˈbility, ˈplausibleness n ˈplausibly adv

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