Specious meaning

spēshəs
Specious is defined as something that looks right, or that looks attractive, but is not as it seems.

An argument that seems correct only if you do not think about it very carefully is an example of a specious argument.

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Seemingly well-reasoned, plausible or true, but actually fallacious.

This idea that we must see through what we have started is specious, however good it may sound.

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Deceptively appealing.
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Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious.

A specious argument.

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Seeming to be good, sound, correct, logical, etc. without really being so; plausible but not genuine.

Specious logic.

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Having an attractive appearance intended to generate a favorable response; deceptively attractive.
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Pleasing to the sight.
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Origin of specious

  • Middle English attractive from Latin speciōsus from speciēs appearance spek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin speciōsus (“good-looking").

    From Wiktionary