from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious: a specious argument.
- adj. Deceptively attractive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Seemingly well-reasoned or factual, but actually fallacious or insincere; strongly held but false.
- adj. Having an attractive appearance intended to generate a favorable response; deceptively attractive.
- adj. Beautiful, pleasing to look at.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Presenting a pleasing appearance; pleasing in form or look; showy.
- adj. Apparently right; superficially fair, just, or correct, but not so in reality; appearing well at first view; plausible
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pleasing to the eye; externally fair or showy; appearing beautiful or charming; sightly; beautiful.
- Superficially fair, just, or correct; appearing well; apparently right; plausible; beguiling: as, specious reasoning; a specious argument; a specious person or book.
- Appearing actual, or in reality; actually existing; not imaginary.
- Pertaining to species or a species.
- Synonyms Colorable, Plausible, etc. See ostensible.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. based on pretense; deceptively pleasing
- adj. plausible but false
Middle English, attractive, from Latin speciōsus, from speciēs, appearance; see spek- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin speciōsus ("good-looking"). (Wiktionary)