1. SlowToShow

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    Possible, but based on bad reasoning (What word?)

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by SlowToShow, Apr 23, 2017.

    I am looking for a word, and I'm not sure if it exists. Looking for college level words here.

    Ostensible - Believable, but shows signs of being false.
    Specious - Believable, but false.
    Spurious - Plausible, but false. The connotation is that it is based on bad reasoning.
    ______? - Possible, but based on bad reasoning.

    I'm looking at connotations here. I think one or two of these can be stretched to mean what I want it to, but I'm thinking there is an unmistakable word I don't see.

    I hesitate to bring context, but I'll do for clarity. Some political candidates make statements that are possible, but the claims made are done so based on horrible reasoning. Like saying evolution exists because your best friend Johny told you so, vs looking at the mountain of research conducted by scientist.
     
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    foolhardy
    reckless
    imprudent
    unwise
    negligent

    It depends what kind of undertones you want to have with it.
     
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    Fallacious might work?
     
  4. SlowToShow

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    I like Fallacious. Based on bad logic.

    I don't like my evolution example. The connotations need to be that the claim has a small chance of being correct, not a small chance of being wrong.
     
  5. SethLoki

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    Tenuous...?

    You're after something that means more by luck than judgement? ...Flukey?
     
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    erroneous?

    Given your context, I would use the phrase flawed logic, or processor malfunction.
     
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    Flawed.
     

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