This accident would be a plausible excuse for being late to work.
An example of plausible is someone saying they are late because of an accident on the highway.
- seemingly true, acceptable, etc.
- seemingly honest, trustworthy, etc.: often implying distrust
Origin of plausibleClassical Latin plausibilis from plaudere, to applaud
- Seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible: a plausible excuse.
- Persuasive or ingratiating, especially in an effort to deceive.
Origin of plausibleLatin plausibilis deserving applause from plausus past participle of plaudere to applaud
- plau′si·bil′i·ty plau′si·ble·ness
(comparative more plausible, superlative most plausible)
From Latin plausibilis (“deserving of applause"), from the participle stem of plaudere (“to applaud").