1. Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready. [Obs.]
2. Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious; as, a plausible pretext; plausible manners; a plausible delusion. “Plausible and popular arguments.”
3. Using specious arguments or discourse; as, a plausible speaker.
Syn: -- Plausible, Specious.
Usage: Plausible denotes that which seems reasonable, yet leaves distrust in the judgment. Specious describes that which presents a fair appearance to the view and yet covers something false. Specious refers more definitely to the act or purpose of false representation; plausible has more reference to the effect on the beholder or hearer. An argument may by specious when it is not plausible because its sophistry is so easily discovered.
adj 1: apparently reasonable and valid [ant: implausible]
2: likely but not certain to be or become true or real; "a
likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss" [syn: probable,
likely] [ant: improbable]
3: within the realm of credibility; "not a very likely excuse";
"a plausible story" [syn: likely]
4: appearing to merit belief or acceptance; "a credible
witness"; "a plausible story" [syn: credible]