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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
1350-1400
Specious is from Latin speciosus, from species, "appearance," from specere, "to look at."