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Definition apparently reasonable, but unproven
  • She offered a plausible excuse.
plausible = sounding reasonable
  • Her theory was neat, plausible, and wrong.
  • plausible = apparently reasonable, but unproven
  • This theory, too, is plausible, but no concrete evidence exists to prove it.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • plausible = reasonable
  • It doesn't sound very plausible.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • plausible = likely (reasonable that it would be true)
  • This was what gave plausibility to the whispers, that Mr. Hooper's conscience tortured him...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister's Black Veil
  • plausibility = apparent reasonableness (though unknown)
  • In one way it sounded most unlikely; in another, it was plausible enough.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • plausible = reasonable
  • I thought it sounded very plausible.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • plausible = reasonable, but unproven
  • 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
  • plausible = apparently reasonable, but unproven
  • The story was plausible, but she sensed that he was either lying or leaving something out.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • plausible = sounded reasonable on the surface (though unproven)
  • Proofreaders do not like them, but they give a plausibility to the story.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • plausibility = apparent reasonableness (though unproven)
  • But as the months passed and I had the opportunity to ponder McCandless's death at greater length, the less plausible this consensus seemed.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • plausible = reasonable
  • But other scenarios involve potato seeds of an entirely different variety, and these scenarios are more plausible.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • plausible = reasonable
  • It is not difficult to imagine plausible causes for Waterman's instability.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • plausible = apparently reasonable, but unproven
  • It is very plausible to such people, a most convincing hypothesis.
    London, Jack  --  Before Adam
  • He was always a villain, smooth-spoken and plausible, but a dangerous, subtle villain all the same.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Beyond the City
  • ...he was only gaining time for a plausible answer.
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End
  • This very simple explanation appeared at once plausible and satisfying.
    Leroux, Gaston  --  The Mystery of the Yellow Room
  • This was the most plausible explanation of a speech which had caused rather a startling change in his expectations.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • The brain of a Machiavelli could scarcely have invented a plausible reply.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Vanished Messenger
  • There seems, however, only one plausible way of accounting for them—and yet it is dreadful to believe in such atrocity as my suggestion would imply.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug

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