• (British) IPA: /ˈplɔːz.ɪ.bəl/, /ˈplɔːz.ə.bəl/


  1. Seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; conceivably true or likely
    a plausible excuse
    • In short, the twin assumptions that syntactic rules are category-based, and that there are a highly restricted finite set of categories in any natural language (perhaps no more than a dozen major categories), together with the assumption that the child either knows (innately) or learns (by experience) that all rules are structure-dependent ( =category-based), provide a highly plausible model of language acquisition, in which languages become learnable in a relatively short, finite period of time (a few years).
  2. Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious.
    a plausible pretext; plausible manners; a plausible delusion
  3. (obsolete) Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready.
    • 1955, Lincoln and the Bluegrass: Slavery and Civil War in Kentucky
      […] a coachman named Richard, who was described as a "sensible, well-behaved yellow boy, who is plausible and can read and write."
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