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Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Definitions for specious

  1. Apparently right; superficially fair, just, or correct, but not so in reality; as, "specious reasoning; a specious argument."
  2. Deceptively pleasing or attractive.

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Citations for specious
None of those alleged crises really is. They all rest on specious claims about financial abstractions, on scare stories about impending bankruptcy. James K. Galbraith, Created Unequal
A specious theory is confuted by this free and perfect experiment. Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Origin of specious
Specious is from Latin speciosus, from species, "appearance," from specere, "to look at."