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[im-plaw-zuh-buh l] /ɪmˈplɔ zə bəl/
not plausible; not having the appearance of truth or credibility:
an implausible alibi.
Origin of implausible
1595-1605; im-2 + plausible
Related forms
implausibility, implausibleness, noun
implausibly, adverb
unlikely, improbable, unbelievable. Unabridged
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  • Moreover, for all its current orthodoxy, explosion seems a pretty implausible principle of inference.
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  • Many dismissed that link as implausible before the research was undertaken.
  • The claim was as implausible as it was inflammatory.
British Dictionary definitions for implausible


not plausible; provoking disbelief; unlikely
Derived Forms
implausibility, implausibleness, noun
implausibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for implausible

c.1600, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + plausible. Related: Implausibly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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