Specious is a related term of illusory.
As adjectives the difference between specious and illusory
is that specious
is seemingly well-reasoned, plausible or true, but actually fallacious while illusory
is resulting from an illusion; deceptive, imaginary, unreal.
Seemingly well-reasoned, plausible or true, but actually fallacious.
*1776 , Thomas Paine,
*:I have frequently amused myself both in public and private companies, with silently remarking, the specious errors of those who speak without reflecting.
Having an attractive appearance intended to generate a favorable response; deceptively attractive.
(obsolete) Beautiful, pleasing to look at.
- This idea that we must see through what we have started is specious , however good it may sound.
* fallacious, insincere
* (with appearance intended to generate a favorable response) meretricious
Resulting from an illusion; deceptive, imaginary, unreal
- Enron's profits were all illusory .