When plausible means "appear to be correct" or "superficially pleasing", I want to know if it is positive or negative because this decides which of the following is correct.

  1. Conclusions of the theory are plausible and inexact.
  2. Conclusions of the theory are plausible but inexact.
  • What is the whole sentence this phrase is a part of?
    – MarielS
    Nov 14, 2020 at 3:59
  • I would view it with a positive connotation. So sentence two feel the best to me. Nov 14, 2020 at 5:06

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Sentence two would be the better option. You are using the word plausible to mean "likely correct", "probable", or "reasonable". That your conclusions have a good chance of being correct is a positive thing, whereas the fact they are "inexact" is negative. To paraphrase, you seem to be saying: "These conclusions seem reasonable and have a good chance of being correct, but we cannot be exact in proving/defining them."

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