Plausible vs Probable - What's the difference?

plausible | probable |

As adjectives the difference between plausible and probable

is that plausible is seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible: a plausible excuse while probable is likely or most likely to be true.




  • Seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible: a plausible excuse.
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  • In short, the twin assumptions that syntactic rules are category-based, and that there are a highly restricted finite set of categories in any natural language (perhaps no more than a dozen major categories), together with the assumption that the child either knows'' (innately) or ''learns (by experience) that all rules are structure-dependent ( =category-based), provide a highly plausible model of language acquisition, in which languages become learnable in a relatively short, finite period of time (a few years).
  • Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious.
  • a plausible''' pretext; '''plausible''' manners; a '''plausible delusion
  • Using specious arguments or discourse. (rfv-sense)
  • a plausible speaker
  • (obsolete) Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready.
  • (Bishop Hacket)

    Derived terms

    * plausibility




  • Likely or most likely to be true.
  • It's probable that it will rain tomorrow.
    The probable source of the failure was the mass of feathers in the intake manifold.
  • Likely to happen.
  • With all the support we have, success is looking probable .
  • Supporting, or giving ground for, belief, but not demonstrating.
  • probable''' evidence; '''probable presumption
  • (obsolete) Capable of being proved.
  • Antonyms

    * improbable

    See also

    * possible * probeable