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Examples of fallacious in a Sentence
it's fallacious to say that something must exist because science hasn't proven its nonexistence
consumers who harbor the fallacious belief that credit-card spending will never catch up with them
Recent Examples of fallacious from the Web
Facts and reason have to square off against the fanciful and the fallacious.
Clinton’s fallacious claims about 2016 sound comical.
The thought that momentum carries over from game to game in the Stanley Cup playoffs is fallacious.
Problem is, the water ice on Pluto is mixed up with ices of methane, nitrogen, and carbon monoxide—which kind of hides the actual H2O. The image to the left shows this fallacious five o’clock shadow of water ice.
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Did You Know?
Oh what a tangled web we weave / When first we practise to deceive! So wrote Sir Walter Scott in his 1808 poem Marmion. Scott’s line wasn't written with etymology in mind, but it might be applied to the history of "fallacious." That word traces back to the Latin verb fallere ("to deceive"), but it passed through a tangle of Latin and French forms before it eventually made its way into English in the early 1500s. Other descendants of "fallere" in English include "fail," "false," and "fault."
First Known Use of fallacious
FALLACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fallacious for English Language Learners
: containing a mistake : not true or accurate
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