1. (obsolete) The quality of deserving applause, praiseworthiness; something worthy of praise. [16th–17th c.]
    • E. Vaughan
      integrity, fidelity, and other gracious plausibilities
  2. (now, rare) The appearance of truth, especially when deceptive; speciousness. [from 17th c.]
    • 1790, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men:
      Plausibility, I know, can only be unmasked by shewing the absurdities it glosses over, and the simple truths it involves with specious errors.
  3. A plausible statement, argument etc. [from 17th c.]
  4. (now in more positive sense) The fact of being believable; believability, credibility. [from 18th c.]

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