(Plau"di*to*ry) a. Applauding; commending.

(Plau`si*bil"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. plausibilité.]

1. Something worthy of praise. [Obs.]

Integrity, fidelity, and other gracious plausibilities.
E. Vaughan.

2. The quality of being plausible; speciousness.

To give any plausibility to a scheme.
De Quincey.

3. Anything plausible or specious. R. Browning.

(Plau"si*ble) a. [L. plausibilis praiseworthy, from plaudere, plausum, to applaud, clap the hands, strike, beat.]

1. Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready. [Obs.] Bp. Hacket.

2. Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious; as, a plausible pretext; plausible manners; a plausible delusion. "Plausible and popular arguments." Clarendon.

3. Using specious arguments or discourse; as, a plausible speaker.

Syn.Plausible, Specious. Plausible denotes that which seems reasonable, yet leaves distrust in the judgment. Specious describes that which presents a fair appearance to the view and yet covers something false. Specious refers more definitely to the act or purpose of false representation; plausible has more reference to the effect on the beholder or hearer. An argument may by specious when it is not plausible because its sophistry is so easily discovered.

(Plau"si*ble*ize) v. t. To render plausible. [R.]

(Plau"si*ble*ness), n. Quality of being plausible.

(Plau"si*bly), adv.

1. In a plausible manner.

2. Contentedly, readily. [Obs.]

The Romans plausibly did give consent.

(Plau"sive) a. [L. plaudere, plausum, to applaud.]

1. Applauding; manifesting praise. Young.

2. Plausible, specious. [Obs.] Shak.

(Play) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Played ; p. pr. & vb. n. Playing.] [OE. pleien, AS. plegian, plegan, to play, akin to plega play, game, quick motion, and probably to OS. plegan to promise, pledge, D. plegen to care for, attend to, be wont, G. pflegen; of unknown origin. &radic28. Cf. Plight, n.]

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