a. likely but not certain to be or become true or real
a. seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible
Both sides can maintain plausible deniability and simply claim a misunderstanding.
In his novels and stories, storms rage for years, flowers drift from the skies, tyrants survive for centuries, priests levitate and corpses fail to decompose. And, more plausibly, lovers rekindle their passion after a half-century apart.
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He made a plausible excuse; but his real reason had been the fear that not even the secret would keep them with him any very great length of time, and so he had meant to hold it in reserve as a last seduction.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain Context
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.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy Context
I asked him afterwards, why he had done so, and he made a plausible excuse; but since last night, father, and when I remember the circumstances by its light, I am afraid I can imagine too truly what passed between them.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens Context
Prissy went off at a trot, the letter gripped in her hand, and Scarlett went back upstairs, trying to think of some plausible lie to explain Mrs.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
But the bodings of the crew were destined to receive a most plausible confirmation in the fate of one of their number that morning.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
He was still comparatively young, he was surrounded by the loving care of a devoted family, but he had convinced himself by a course of reasoning, illogical perhaps, yet certainly plausible, that he must separate himself from all he held dear in the world, even life itself.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas Context
There was no longer any plausible pretext for delay; and Duncan was obliged, however reluctantly, to comply.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context
I know there are many people going about who tell such plausible stories that it is very hard to see through them, but there is a style about your language which assures me of your good disposition.