Definition: conceivably true; having a show of truth but open to doubt; specious
Definition: conceivably true; having a show of truth but open to doubt; specious
Sentences Containing 'plausible'
Brown was ALWAYS watching for a pretext to find fault; and if he could find no plausible pretext, he would invent one.
It seems a little harsh toward a dead man to say that we never should have had any war but for Sir Walter; and yet something of a plausible argument might, perhaps, be made in support of that wild proposition.
This notion, which at first sight seems so plausible, has been so fully exposed by Mr Hume, that it is, perhaps, unnecessary to say any thing more about it.
If they mean profitable to man as he is a rational man, stand thou to it, and maintain it; but if they mean profitable, as he is a creature, only reject it; and from this thy tenet and conclusion keep off carefully all plausible shows and colours of external appearance, that thou mayest be able to discern things rightly.
That which is most proper unto a man, is, first, to be kindly affected towards them that are of the same kind and nature as he is himself to contemn all sensual motions and appetites, to discern rightly all plausible fancies and imaginations, to contemplate the nature of the universe; both it, and things that are done in it.
Here indeed lies the justest and most plausible objection against a considerable part of metaphysics, that they are not properly a science; but arise either from the fruitless efforts of human vanity, which would penetrate into subjects utterly inaccessible to the understanding, or from the craft of popular superstitions, which, being unable to defend themselves on fair ground, raise these intangling brambles to cover and protect their weakness.
And upon that supposition, I own that such conjectures may, perhaps, be admitted as plausible solutions of the ill phenomena.
'It sounds plausible enough to-night,' said the Medical Man; 'but wait until to-morrow.
Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough--as most wrong theories are!
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.
I gave him a short account of some particulars, and made my story as plausible and consistent as I could; but I thought it necessary to disguise my country, and call myself a Hollander; because my intentions were for Japan, and I knew the Dutch were the only Europeans permitted to enter into that kingdom.
But the bodings of the crew were destined to receive a most plausible confirmation in the fate of one of their number that morning.
His style was suave, cosmopolitan and plausible.
He said that the politics of hate was a plausible reason behind the attacks.
He also urges that a Panoan–Chibchan relationship is plausible.
It is plausible that such induced abortions are more susceptible to recall bias than induced abortions performed within the legal context in Sweden.
Buckingham's precise motivation has been called "obscure"; he had been treated well by Richard. The traditional naming of the rebellion after him has been labelled a misnomer, with John Morton and Reginald Bray more plausible leaders.
Others in the field of neurochemistry have not accepted this explanation of DMT's role in this function due to the absence of supporting evidence (i.e. a plausible synthesis mechanism or direct evidence that DMT is found in higher concentration in the body under these circumstances).
However, Jerome Clark (Clark, 1993) notes that Dr. Jacques Vallée argued that the scientific content of the Ummo letters was knowledgeable but unremarkable, and compared the scientific references to a well-researched science fiction novel—plausible in the 1960s, but dated by the standards of the 1990s.
Their closest allies seem to be a number of quite plesiomorphic starling lineages mainly from the Asian-Pacific region (such as mynas), so this placement is phylogenetically as plausible as a distinct family.
For a powered exoskeleton that will not need to be used in completely standalone situations such as a battlefield soldier, this limitation may be acceptable, and the suit may be designed to be used with a permanent power umbilical. Wireless energy transfer, an emerging technology, is a very plausible solution to this issue.
However, a connection with Roman (rather than Celtic or Germanic) polytheism is more plausible, since the feast was celebrated before any serious attempt to expand Christianity into non-Roman countries.
In more detail: The argument thus claims that if we find the inverted spectrum plausible, we must admit that qualia exist (and are non-physical).
Based on the more recent material, a lichen affinity seems most plausible.
While plausible, such claims are unprovable and appear only in the late tenth century.
Great white sharks ("Carcharodon carcharias") and killer whales ("Orcinus orca") are plausible, albeit undocumented, predators of the porbeagle.
It is plausible that the village was abandoned before it was completely occupied.
But, unfortunately, Miss Harrison and Mr. Siodmak forgot one basic thing—they forgot to provide their picture with a plausible, realistic plot."
Tougher follows the example of senior historian Noël Aujoulat in considering the story of Helena's miscarriages being the result of abortifacients to be entirely plausible.
In keeping with Gernsback's new approach, this was one of Verne's least scientifically plausible novels.
Nevertheless, it is possible to determine a plausible (albeit arbitrary) approximate date of 1970 for the events of "A Wrinkle in Time".
Like other forms of non-lethal force, pain compliance strategies are not perfect and may be abused as a form of torture with plausible deniability.
Intuitively, it seems plausible that certain passages of Holst´s the planets or Beethoven´s symphonies prime the word hero, rather than the word flea.
King puts forward plausible evidence that Colonel Stewart was in fact the son of William Stewart of Fiugh and Mary O'Neill (d.1615), daughter of Sir Cormac O'Neill, son of Conn O'Neill, 1st Earl of Tyrone.
This was a serious issue in the Late-2000s recession when assets that had previously had small or even negative correlations suddenly starting moving in the same direction causing severe financial stress to market participants who had believed that their diversification would protect them against any plausible market conditions, including funds that had been explicitly set up to avoid being affected in this way Diversification has costs.
suggesting that it is at least a plausible assumption.
Jimmy Burns, reviewing the book for the "Financial Times", speculated that it was plausible that "MI6's senior management realised they had made a terrible mistake in recruiting someone who thought that espionage was just one big adventure."
He talks to Roadblock and offers to go on the rescue operation, reasoning that being out of service will help with 'plausible deniability'.
Inasmuch as any design can prove itself only in the future, "post factum", and with the collaboration of others, human-centered design is justifiable only by means of plausible arguments Issue-Based Information System that motivate its stakeholders to realize or use that design.
Gould emphasized that adaptive behaviors can be passed on through culture as well, and either hypothesis is equally plausible.
Yet, other contemporary Christian scholars consider it plausible or even likely that the Apostle John authored the gospel attributed to him.
The stolen body hypothesis finds the idea that the body was not in the tomb plausible - such a claim could be checked if early Christians made it - but considers it more likely that early Christians had been misled into believing the resurrection by the theft of Jesus's body.
Even if this all only attests to a Jewish polemic against Christianity, it implies that people at that time found the gardener having a motive to steal the body plausible, even if this motive is unknown to us today.
Furthermore, while traditionally depicted as only two guards, Matthew does not specify how many there were; since "some" guards report the tale to the chief priests, it's plausible to assume there may have been more than two, which would render a raid even chancier.
Thus, the fact that women discovered the empty tomb first is seen as very plausible, and the (presumably devout) disciples taking the body is seen as a less likely explanation.
It does, however, make it less plausible other Jews would have stolen the body.
This interpretation is especially plausible if the second part of verse 24 is translated "men of idols and figurines," as suggested by Hermann Gunkel, rather than "men of blood and treachery."
As for technology, there are plausible reconstructions suggesting knowledge of navigation, a technology quite atypical of Gimbutas' steppe-centered Kurgan society.
However, rather than acknowledge their lack of insight, they confabulate a plausible explanation, and "seem" to be "unaware of their unawareness".
To acquire a better reputation, the regime considered it detrimental to continue with the civil war policy of murdering religious believers without trials or plausible accusations.
More Vocab Wordsenmity - ill will; hatred; hostility
edict - decree (especially one issued by a sovereign); official command
destitute - extremely poor; lacking means of subsistence; utterly lacking; devoid; Ex. destitute of any experience
fabricate - build; lie; make up (a story) in order to deceive; Ex. fabricate the whole story; CF. fabric: underlying structure; Ex. fabric of society
abode - dwelling place; home
atavism - resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic
zeal - eager enthusiasm (to a cause or ideal); ADJ. zealous
mutter - utter (complaining words) indistinctly in low tones
stint - set limits in amount or number; be thrifty; ADJ. stinting, unstinting; CF. stint:savings
cognitive - having to do with knowing or perceiving related to the mental processes; N. cognition: the mental process of knowing