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  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
  • She reached a false conclusion that was based on fallacious reasoning.
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
  • You can't convict him based on the fallacious testimony of one witness.
  • fallacious = false or incorrect
  • This was small consolation, but Miss Mills wouldn't encourage fallacious hopes.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
  • The hospital called the suit "misleading and fallacious."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • fallacious = not correct (mistaken or intended to deceive)
  • "Alas," said Edmond, smiling, "these are the treasures the cardinal has left; and the good abbe, seeing in a dream these glittering walls, has indulged in fallacious hopes."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
  • But the mind of man not only refuses to believe this explanation, but plainly says that this method of explanation is fallacious, because in it a weaker phenomenon is taken as the cause of a stronger.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • fallacious = mistaken
  • I gave up all that ... and my old way of life: That way based upon the fallacious assumption that I, like other men, was visible.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
  • such methods for enabling one the more easily to manage subjects are only useful in times of peace, but if war comes this policy proves fallacious.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • fallacious = mistaken
  • ...all appearances to the contrary, such as ... being to his certain knowledge fallacious;
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
  • Yet, with a pleasing sorcery, could charm
    Pain for a while or anguish, and excite
    Fallacious hope, or...
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect belief)
  • And equally fallacious seems the conceit, that because the so-called whale-bone whales no longer haunt many grounds in former years abounding with them, hence that species also is declining.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
  • I mean, simple ontological reductionism is clearly a fallacious argument,
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
  • This was small consolation, but Miss Mills wouldn't encourage fallacious hopes.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • I had allowed myself to be diverted by fallacious evidence; but I recovered and again took hold of the right end.
    Leroux, Gaston  --  The Mystery of the Yellow Room
  • This was fallacious, but it was manly, and had a minimum of moral truth.
    G. K. Chesterton  --  The Fallacy of Success
  • The existing Confederation is founded on fallacious principles.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Nothing can be more fallacious than this kind of argument.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • I argued (no less fallaciously) that my cowardly felicity proved that I was a man capable of carrying out the adventure successfully.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • Such were the consequences of the fallacious principle on which this interesting establishment was founded.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The Minister, in all good faith, read this fallacious statement in the House of Commons, and he was promptly shouted down by Members howling 'Liar!' and 'Wolf-lover!'
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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