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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.
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Adv.1.speciously - in a specious manner
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References in classic literature ?
In England all men spoke one tongue, speciously like American to the ear, but on cross-examination unintelligible.,
And, besides all this, it is necessary to know what sort of government is best fitting for all cities: for most of those writers who have treated this subject, however speciously they may handle other parts of it, have failed in describing the practical parts: for it is not enough to be able to perceive what is best without it is what can be put in practice.
"No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough.
Most applications of TCA to marketing (Heide and John 1990, 1992; Noordewier et al., 1990) uphold the primacy of transaction costs as they speciously assume the extent and importance of asset specificity.
Lawyer Royall's underlying ideology, here and at the end of the novel when he persuades and coerces Charity into marrying him, is one of amor fati: both North Dormer and Charity are encouraged to "love their destiny," never mind how speciously hopeful that destiny appears.
Edelman argues speciously that "all members of the minority group are relatively disadvantaged." But most Americans don't buy that: With a third of African Americans comfortably in the middle class, race simply doesn't work as a proxy for disadvantage.
The suite form of many living instrumental genres (such as the ceremonial music of Xi'an) has been compared, often speciously, I think, to that of the Tang court around the 8th century.
158-59) recognizes a shared experience that, in Frame's view, is too often speciously glossed.
Wherever an edition was also issued in large paper, that too is given a separate entry, further speciously inflating Donne's apparent presence.
However, Weinberger's is not mere translation, as evidenced in his "Editor's Note," for his is a programmatic intervention in today's culture wars, a dubious move that he somewhat speciously tries to justify on the premise that Villaurrutia was a homosexual poet who wrote erotic and homoerotic poetry.
That little word which so speciously marries concept-separate nouns into virtual unity.
Many of the other articles are either dated in approach, speciously novel, true but unoriginal, or defective in scholarly content.