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Specious is an adjective which could describe a seemingly well-reasoned, even plausible, but still fallacious argument. It means having an attractive appearance which can deceive. I found it while looking up non sequitur, which is Latin for "it does not follow".


What about "begging the question", which means the question is assuming its own conclusion? Like saying to buy provisions so someone won't be worried about being trapped by snow unprepared at any time of the year - and as for why one should be worried about being hit by a snowstorm at any time of year, because it is natural to worry if someone isn't ...


At least one of your examples seems similar to interrogatives like: "Did you stop beating your wife?" "Do your parents know you're gay?" The first question presumes or presupposes that you used to beat your wife. The second sentence presumes or presupposes that you are gay. If you answer 'yes' or 'no', you're tacitly affirming these presumptions. These ...

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