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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Specious  \Spe"cious\,  a.  [L.  speciosusgood-looking,  beautiful, 
  specious,  fr  species  look  show  appearance;  cf  F. 
  sp['e]coeux.  See  {Species}.] 
  1.  Presenting  a  pleasing  appearance;  pleasing  in  form  or 
  look  showy. 
  Some  [serpents]  specious  and  beautiful  to  the  eye. 
  The  rest,  far  greater  part  Will  deem  in  outward 
  rites  and  specious  forms  Religion  satisfied. 
  2.  Apparently  right  superficially  fair,  just  or  correct, 
  but  not  so  in  reality;  appearing  well  at  first  view; 
  plausible;  as  specious  reasoning;  a  specious  argument. 
  Misled  for  a  moment  by  the  specious  names  of 
  religion,  liberty,  and  property.  --Macaulay. 
  In  consequence  of  their  greater  command  of  specious 
  expression.  --J.  Morley. 
  Syn:  Plausible;  showy;  ostensible;  colorable;  feasible.  See 
  {Plausible}.  --  {Spe"xious*ly},  adv  -- 
  {Spe"cious*ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  plausible  but  false;  "specious  reasoning";  "the  spurious 
  inferences  from  obsolescent  notions  of  causality"- 
  Ethel  Albert  [syn:  {spurious}] 
  2:  plausible  but  false;  "a  specious  claim" 
  3:  based  on  pretense;  deceptively  pleasing;  "the  gilded  and 
  perfumed  but  inwardly  rotten  nobility";  "meretricious 
  praise";  "a  meretricious  argument"  [syn:  {gilded},  {meretricious}] 

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