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spurious

[spyoo r-ee-uh s] /ˈspyʊər i əs/
adjective
1.
not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit.
2.
Biology. (of two or more parts, plants, etc.) having a similar appearance but a different structure.
3.
of illegitimate birth; bastard.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin spurius bastard, perhaps < Etruscan; see -ous
Related forms
spuriously, adverb
spuriousness, noun
nonspurious, adjective
nonspuriously, adverb
nonspuriousness, noun
unspurious, adjective
unspuriously, adverb
unspuriousness, noun
Synonyms
1. false, sham, bogus, mock, feigned, phony; meretricious, deceitful.
Antonyms
1. genuine.
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British Dictionary definitions for spuriousness

spurious

/ˈspjʊərɪəs/
adjective
1.
not genuine or real
2.
(of a plant part or organ) having the appearance of another part but differing from it in origin, development, or function; false a spurious fruit
3.
(of radiation) produced at an undesired frequency by a transmitter, causing interference, etc
4.
(rare) illegitimate
Derived Forms
spuriously, adverb
spuriousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin spurius of illegitimate birth
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Word Origin and History for spuriousness
spurious
1598, "born out of wedlock," from L. spurius "illegitimate, false" (cf. It. spurio, Sp. espurio), from spurius (n.) "illegitimate child," probably from Etruscan spural "public." Sense of "having an irregular origin, not properly constituted" is from 1601; that of "false, sham" is from 1615.
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spuriousness in Medicine

spurious spu·ri·ous (spyur'ē-əs)
adj.
Similar in appearance or symptoms but unrelated in morphology or pathology; false.

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