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I recur to it here as a plausible suggestion only, in connection with my theme.

The plausible and polite manner of the stranger was effectual with George.

But always she had been met with a plausible excuse or a direct refusal.

He flung out a hand with the plausible design of grasping Kirkwood by the collar.

This explanation is plausible; but I do not find it adequate.

Accounts for his plausible behaviour, and specious promises and proposals.

She stammered, and I realized that she had no plausible plan.

The reasoning may be plausible, but it is no better than sophistry.

This remark appeared so plausible that nothing further was said upon the subject.

One might; but he was only gaining time for a plausible answer.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "acceptable, agreeable," from Latin plausibilis "deserving applause, acceptable," from plaus-, past participle stem of plaudere "to applaud" (see plaudit). Meaning "having the appearance of truth" is recorded from 1560s. Related: Plausibly.

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