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1Superficially plausible, but actually wrong.‘a specious argument’
- ‘It is a specious and cynical reference at best.’
- ‘The court determined this argument was specious.’
- ‘Kindly keep your preposterous, specious opinions out of conversations that don't concern you!’
- ‘We should take care to use arguments that aren't specious.’
- ‘The argument is obviously somewhat specious.’
- ‘If money is abused, there's going to be a crisis; at some point there will be a ‘run’ from specious financial claims.’
- ‘This argument was presumably specious since the integrated system has since been jettisoned in favor of subcontracting.’
- ‘Because the charges against the airlines were specious but successful, every pilot must worry that his good-faith effort to protect his passengers will trigger federal retaliation.’
- ‘Although the argument was specious, since everyone knew the significance of the vote, he certainly had been evasive when questioned directly on the issue.’
- ‘Criticism should be founded on a writer's life and work, not just on previous criticism or specious theories.’
- ‘These arguments are specious, but they are based on rosy assumptions or bad analogies.’
- ‘The case for large bonuses on top of large salaries is essentially specious, at least for anyone of my generation.’
- ‘This is a specious argument that he has been making.’
- ‘The usual specious arguments we see in one country are now being regurgitated in others.’
- ‘I've always found this kind of argument a little specious, since most people don't know and could care less about when a composer wrote a work.’
- ‘Many proponents of personal accounts have used specious arguments about the potential for superior rates of return.’
- ‘Hucksters flaunted their specious cure-ails on posters, broadsides, and other printed formats.’
- ‘What he required of us was that we avoided specious or muddled argument.’
- ‘Occasionally, you hear the specious argument that musicians don't need the money they might lose to the Internet services.’
- ‘We can't rally around specious information that diminishes our ability to think critically about real and present health threats.’
- 1.1Misleading in appearance, especially misleadingly attractive.‘the music trade gives Golden Oldies a specious appearance of novelty’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘beautiful’): from Latin speciosus fair, from species (see species).
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