speciousness


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spe·cious

 (spē′shəs)
adj.
1. Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious: a specious argument.
2. Deceptively appealing: "It is easy enough to give the old idea [of programmatic music] a specious air of modernity" (Aaron Copland).

[Middle English, attractive, from Latin speciōsus, from speciēs, appearance; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

spe′cious·ly adv.
spe′ci·os′i·ty (-shē-ŏs′ĭ-tē), spe′cious·ness (-shəs-nĭs) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.speciousness - an appearance of truth that is false or deceptivespeciousness - an appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming plausibility; "the speciousness of his argument"
deceptiveness, obliquity - the quality of being deceptive

speciousness

noun
Plausible but invalid reasoning:
Translations

speciousness

[ˈspiːʃəsnɪs] Nlo especioso

speciousness

n (of argument)Vordergründigkeit f; (of excuse)Fadenscheinigkeit f; (of claim)Unfundiertheit f
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Indeed, Pierre Bon-Bon, from what I have been able to understand of his disposition, was of all men the least likely to be imposed upon by any speciousness of exterior deportment.
His most famous and blatant strategy is his disavowal of professional actors, and indeed his rejection of much of what passes for screen acting: a theatrical tendency to gesticulate, to project outward, to render thought and feeling crassly legible, a speciousness made even more false by the unblinking gaze of the camera.
Those fluent in Latin would have been more attuned to Antichrist's subtle mishandling of the biblical passages, and they likely would have discerned Antichrist's speciousness earlier than those who did not know the language.
This was consistent with the overall cynical tone of the production, which highlighted the speciousness of political rhetoric and undermined public declarations of loyalty or affection, in accordance with the underlying ironic tone of Shakespeare's play.
This speciousness also appears in other substructure modal parameter related analysis methods such as sensitivity analysis.
Agencies thus have a greater resistance to technical speciousness, even
Returning back to the problem of the inherent speciousness of statistics specific to the vulnerable Turkish economy, I would like to point particularly to the issue of debt.
And what crucial details these are-not only would they have given the banner story the dimension of reason it so needed, they would have alerted the readers to the speciousness of Alentajan's arguments.
The scene of writing is thus caught in poor reproduction and speciousness, that is, in parody or mimicry.
The total speciousness and fraud of academic leftism is proven by the passivity of these people in every department of the university to that power play that happened.
Sorrow and cognizance of the speciousness of the dream will always be in the back of the lover's mind, it could be argued, but a qualified success, no matter how fragile, trumps unconditional failure.
That sort of alliterative, three-word speciousness is more suited to advertising campaigns, for washing powder, for example, or maybe a slogan for kindergartens.