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specious

[spee-shuh s] /ˈspi ʃəs/
adjective
1.
apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible:
specious arguments.
2.
pleasing to the eye but deceptive.
3.
Obsolete. pleasing to the eye; fair.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin speciōsus fair, good-looking, beautiful, equivalent to speci(ēs) (see species) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
speciously, adverb
speciousness, noun
nonspecious, adjective
nonspeciously, adverb
nonspeciousness, noun
unspecious, adjective
unspeciously, adverb
unspeciousness, noun
Can be confused
specie, species, specious.
Synonyms
1. See plausible. 2. false, misleading.
Antonyms
1, 2. genuine.
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British Dictionary definitions for speciousness

specious

/ˈspiːʃəs/
adjective
1.
apparently correct or true, but actually wrong or false
2.
deceptively attractive in appearance
Derived Forms
speciously, adverb
speciousness, noun
Word Origin
C14 (originally: fair): from Latin speciōsus plausible, from speciēs outward appearance, from specere to look at
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Contemporary definitions for speciousness
adjective

plausible but not true; based on pretense; sophistic

Word Origin

Latin specissus 'beautiful, plausible'

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Word Origin and History for speciousness

specious

adj.

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.

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