specious

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From Latin speciōsus (good-looking).

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specious (comparative more specious, superlative most specious)

  1. Seemingly well-reasoned, plausible or true, but actually fallacious.
    This idea that we must see through what we have started is specious, however good it may sound.
    • 1776, Thomas Paine, Common Sense
      I have frequently amused myself both in public and private companies, with silently remarking, the specious errors of those who speak without reflecting.
  2. Having an attractive appearance intended to generate a favorable response; deceptively attractive.
  3. (obsolete) Beautiful, pleasing to look at.

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