The adjective improbable is used to qualify what not credible. The term, therefore, is used with respect to what is not credible or does not appear to be true.
For instance: “Yesterday I was surprised to see an unlikely video on Instagram of a dog driving a car”, “The senator’s complaint is implausible, nobody can think that the president is capable of doing something similar”, “I liked the movie, although the script seemed quite implausible to me”.
Suppose a deputy presents a draft to establish a happiness tax. According to this politician, people who are happy should pay a certain amount so that the State, with said collection, finances a program of assistance to those who suffer from depression. This proposal is soon branded as improbable by opponents, journalists and public opinion in general: many wonder if it is true that a leader can have such an absurd idea that it consists, in a way, in quantifying and punishing happiness.
Take the case of a young man who, by giving him a hug to a friend, he makes a bad move and dislocates his shoulder. It is a unlikely injuryas it is highly unlikely that someone will suffer physical harm from hugging.
It is implausible, on the other hand, that a person who defines himself as communist Y anarchist work in a state office and deposit your savings in a international Bank. It can be said that it is incredible that a subject who claims to have such an ideology leads a lifestyle like yours.
The dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy tells us that an unlikely thing it doesn’t look like real, or else it is not credible because does not give us any character that rejects its falsehood. This is interesting, as it leads us to think about the circumstantial or contextual nature of the implausible: in the 15th century, a mobile phone with a touch screen would have been, as much as time travel is today. This does not mean that everything implausible is on the way to being realized, but that in many cases it is categorized in this way due to lack of knowledge.
The noun of the family of this adjective that serves to refer to something that does not have the quality of “credible” or “possible” is improbability, as well as that of plausible it is verisimilitude. It goes without saying that these are not words widely used in everyday life, in informal conversations, but are reserved for more formal contexts or for the language written.
Other terms, such as amazing or absurd they are much more common in everyday speech. Others of them are listed below: abnormal, unlikely, illogical, irrational and inconceivable. Some of its antonyms are current, probable, logical, understandable Y normal.
That something is implausible, therefore, is that it does not seem real once we analyze it with all our cognitive tools, that we contrast it with our experiences. However, it can change state in an instant and become absolutely commonplace if our point of view also changes.
In Argentina at the beginning of the 90s there was a television program entitled Juana and her sisters, created and starring the singer Juana Molina. Each episode featured the hilarious situations that lived the main character, Juana, who because of having spent too many hours in front of the television had suffered a kind of dissociation from her personality to the point of becoming several individual people. One of them, Gladys, uses the word improbable incorrectly, meaning “indistinct”, and this error is one of its hallmarks.