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She offered a plausible excuse.
  apparently reasonable, but unproven
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plausible plausibility plausibly
Strongly Associated with:   implausible
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  • She offered a plausible excuse.
  • a plausible liar
  • There is always a well-known solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong.
    H. L. Mencken
  • In one way it sounded most unlikely; in another, it was plausible enough.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger

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  • The story was plausible, but she sensed that he was either lying or leaving something out.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • The notion was so plausible that I at once accepted it, and went on to assume the "how" of this splitting of the human species.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • This was what gave plausibility to the whispers, that Mr. Hooper’s conscience tortured him...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • I thought it sounded very plausible.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • It doesn’t sound very plausible.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Proofreaders do not like them, but they give a plausibility to the story.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country

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  • Exit 212—SEE THE GRAVE OF ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND—THE CORPSE THAT STARTED WORLD WAR I. "That just doesn’t seem plausible," Colin noted quietly.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • She woke up in the dorms and first imagined she’d dreamt it, every moment: the underground chambers, the water, the red boxes, that hand on the small of her back and then the bed, the pillows in the cave within the cave—none of it seemed plausible.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "Maybe she’s too tired and cold," Claire said, and enough of the others agreed this was plausible that it was decided we would go back to the house, treat Millard with what supplies we had, and hope that with some time to rest, both the headmistress and her loop would return to normal.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Her story was plausible, but it could easily be a lie.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • It was a lie, but a plausible lie.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She fumbled for words, trying to come up with a plausible reason for why she’d been out in the middle of the night.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • But everything was unlikely these days, and Reynie preferred almost any explanation to the one that seemed most plausible: For some awful, unknown reason, Mr. Benedict had tricked them.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • She was too tired for music, she couldn’t play cards alone, and—well, billiards seemed to be the only plausible activity.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Is that plausible?
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Only Auschwitz, of all their plausible destinations, lay south, and she recalled the despair she felt when with her own eyes she verified where they were going.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It’s my left wrist, so this is plausible.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The Population Police are backlogged right now, following leads from the rally, so I should have a day or two to come up with a plausible-sounding explanation.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • Looking in the windows he saw something plausible.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • It’s as plausible as anything I’ll come up with.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • By the time he finished his drink, he had found no plausible explanation for the crate.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • For nearly everyone who had known him, there was only one plausible conclusion to draw from the failure of the massive search.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It is not difficult to imagine plausible causes for Waterman’s instability.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It was only too plausible.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He looks like a plausible Mr. Patel, face rounder than his sons.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Your reasoning is certainly plausible.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • When his father asked about the blood, there would be a plausible explanation.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • The conjecture was at least a plausible one, and the detective began to seriously regret that he had embarked on the affair.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • For instance, he had spent those fifteen years pretending to be an out-of-work actor, which was plausible enough.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The idea seemed perfectly plausible.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I wonder will he have the heart to find a plausible excuse for making love to Miss, when he told you he hated her?’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Seeing his gloomy face as he frowned at his wife, the officers grew still merrier, and some of them could not refrain from laughter, for which they hurriedly sought plausible pretexts.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • What had they discovered that could not be interpreted as plausible, though exceptional, coincidence?
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • There was no longer any plausible pretext for delay; and Duncan was obliged, however reluctantly, to comply.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • But the bodings of the crew were destined to receive a most plausible confirmation in the fate of one of their number that morning.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • What if I confessed that all I needed was some plausible excuse in order to come?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Much of what Dee said sounded plausible.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • He was a grey-haired man, with a plausible voice and careful manners.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Or (and this was more plausible) as if Christer Malm had posed him.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "That’s an interesting theory, and quite plausible," Edward said.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Put into his mind plausible reasons for believing that the air-raid will not be repeated.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • And yet a far more plausible explanation is that some other organization has taken control of the Illuminati brand and is using it for their own purposes.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Sure enough, when Harry finally entered the room Ron was snoring a little too loudly to be entirely plausible.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • But when the eighth came round, a certain Phoinikian adventurer came too, a plausible rat, who had already done plenty of devilry in the world.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Tom got out of the presence as quick as he plausibly could, and after that he complained of toothache for a week, and tied up his jaws every night.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • It would look more plausible.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
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