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Word: specious

Definition: seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)


Sentences Containing 'specious'

Arguments that it costs more to be environmentally sound are often specious when the course of the business is analyzed over a period of time.
As the violations of truth are more common in the testimony concerning religious miracles, than in that concerning any other matter of fact; this must diminish very much the authority of the former testimony, and make us form a general resolution, never to lend any attention to it, with whatever specious pretence it may be covered.
But though this topic be specious and sublime, it was soon found in practice weak and ineffectual.
C. D. Broad in "Scientific Thought" (1930) further elaborated on the concept of the specious present, and considered that the Specious Present may be considered as the temporal equivalent of a sensory datum.
James defined the specious present to be "the prototype of all conceived times... the short duration of which we are immediately and incessantly sensible".
Karina Longworth of the "Village Voice" penned a very negative review, calling the film "a passionate argument against a no-holds-barred exploration of extreme human sexuality and violence" and referring to the film's supposed commentary on the sad state of post-Milošević Serbian society as "specious lip service."
Public declarations pass for the specious colouring of a cause.
The specious present is the time duration wherein one's perceptions are considered to be in the present.
Through a series of declarative sentences (or "propositions"), one can affirm the existence of the specious present.

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