- apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible: specious arguments.
- pleasing to the eye but deceptive.
- Obsolete. pleasing to the eye; fair.
Origin of specious
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Examples from the Web for speciously
"Jerry wanted to know how you were," said Stella speciously.Country Neighbors
This was a chance, he speciously urged, which Miss Devereux should not be suffered to miss.The Crooked Stick
How was it possible she should behave so speciously as she did all the time the lady staid with us!Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)
After an autumn speciously benign came our season of cold and snow.The Boss of Little Arcady
Harry Leon Wilson
It was uniformly not so hopeful as formerly, while speciously apologetic.The Portion of Labor
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
- apparently correct or true, but actually wrong or false
- deceptively attractive in appearance
Word Origin and History for speciously
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.