- specimen plant,
- specious present,
Origin of specious
Examples from the Web for specious
That struck the ACLU—and the judge in the case, Alvin Hellerstein—as a specious argument.The Detainee Abuse Photos Obama Didn’t Want You To See|Noah Shachtman, Tim Mak|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So specious, in fact, that they are increasingly seen to be rationales to cover outdated forms of prejudice.Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition|Jay Michaelson|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Set aside for a moment that that logic is specious in the first place.The Gender-Pay Gap: It’s Real, and Yes, It’s Sexism|Monica Potts|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a TiVo age, who watches political ads anyway, no matter how specious or bombastic?
While the public gasped at this specious statement, the defense took over for cross examination.
But Baldinucci also relates that he had a specious answer ready for whoever remonstrated with him on thus endangering his soul.A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)|Mrs. Sutherland Orr
As to the unmarketable nature of his cargo, that specious plea is flatly disproved by the ship's manifest.An Old New Zealander|T. Lindsay Buick
The specious nature of his disposition is well depicted in this transaction.
Wasnt there light in the fact which, as we shared our solitude, broke out with a specious glitter it had never yet quite worn?The Two Magics|Henry James
Under the specious guise of "immigration," they are replenishing those Islands with slaves from the coast of Africa.
Word Origin for specious
c.1400, "pleasing to the sight, fair," from Latin speciosus "good-looking, beautiful," from species "appearance" (see species). Meaning "seemingly desirable, reasonable or probable, but not really so" is first recorded 1610s.