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 (sə-fĭs′tĭk) or so·phis·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of sophists.
2. Apparently sound but really fallacious; specious: sophistic refutations.

so·phis′ti·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sophistical - plausible but misleading
invalid - having no cogency or legal force; "invalid reasoning"; "an invalid driver's license"


[səˈfɪstɪkəl] ADJsofístico
References in classic literature ?
This is a sophistical puzzle, which, as Socrates remarks, saves a great deal of trouble to him who accepts it.
His answers have a sophistical ring, and at the same time show the sophistical incapacity to grasp a general notion.
He is of the same class as Callicles in the Gorgias, but of a different variety; the immoral and sophistical doctrines of Callicles are not attributed to him.
The natural divisions are five in number;--( 1) Book I and the first half of Book II down to the paragraph beginning, "I had always admired the genius of Glaucon and Adeimantus," which is introductory; the first book containing a refutation of the popular and sophistical notions of justice, and concluding, like some of the earlier Dialogues, without arriving at any definite result.
The sophistical comfort came in reflected gleams from the decayed furniture, the raggcd brocade upholstery of a couch and two chairs, a footwide cheap pier glass between the two windows, from one or two gilt picture frames and a brass bedstead in a corner.
Truly characteristic of Socrates is another point in his answer, which may also be regarded as sophistical.
Yet this whole system is one-sided, sophistical, and not seldom mischievous.
Hu wanted to re-engage the tools of what Crick (2010) calls the Sophistical attitude, such as experimentalism, a wide foundation of contemporary knowledge, historical perspective, and an integrated approach to logos and aesthetics to reshape China.
we ought to exercise our wits and minds after a dinner or supper, not about any affaires of deepe studie, and profound meditation, nor in sophistical disputes, [.
In using hypersophistic, we mean to signal how these sophistical attitudes are intensified through the affordances of hypertext, or the hypenmage, made available by digital media technology.
In Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, the King of Navarre's right-hand man, Berowne, winds up an impressive bit of sophistical argumentation defending the court's breaking a vow to abjure women with the magnificent claim, "For charity itself fulfills the law.
The hospital to be fitted with most sophistical equipment is expected to give additional quality to Macedonia's health care and to create another 250 jobs in the years ahead," the prime minister stressed.