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spurious

(of a plant part or organ) having the appearance of another part but differing from it in origin, development, or function; false
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To control for the sources of spuriousness of the proposed relationships, sociodemographic variables were controlled for.
In examining associations between independent variables measured at Wave 1 and outcomes occurring later, there is little reason for concern about reverse causation (although other sources of spuriousness are possible).
Because it was published at a time of political instability, Blakeston may have opted for the inclusion of the Dutch episode despite its spuriousness (if we take him at his word that he had access to an original manuscript), as it heightens the sociohistorical context.
No less than a TRC lawyer, by the name of Francisco Figura, blew the whistle as to the obvious spuriousness of the endorsements of Masaganang Ani allegedly made by Representative Bagatsing's office of Masaganang Ani.
Nevertheless, sections of the political establishment, commentariat and media galaxy have exultantly flown instantly in an ecstasy to extol the event in refrains that smack so strikingly of sheer showmanship, pretentiousness and spuriousness.
Engage Russians: The West needs to communicate to ordinary Russians the spuriousness of Putin's zero-sum, us-versus-them narrative.
Overall, it is important to appreciate that the novel's Irish theme--beginning with Delia's idealistic commitment to "the Cause" (TY 101); finding its pathetic fulfilment in the spuriousness of "her imitation Irish flattery" (TY 326; italics added), her "assuming the manner of a harum-scarum Irish hostess" (TY 329; italics added), and "her rather exaggerated Irish sing-song" (TY 361; italics added), before reaching its grotesque apotheosis in Patrick's blinkered view that the Irish would "be glad to join the Empire again" (TY 362)--is only partly conveyed through the story of Delia's capitulation to the entrenched values of her upbringing and her husband's Establishment mindset.
The economic crisis of 2008 showed the generalized precariousness of the entire neoliberal free market system and the spuriousness of faith in the market as ontological freedom, a freedom shown to be unreliable.
22) Lawrence Danson's recent work has demonstrated, with convincing acuity, the general spuriousness of this account (37), but Danson's archival debunking does not reveal anything the essay itself doesn't already attest to the reader familiar with the aesthete who preceded Wilde in late-Victorian critical estimation.
It is, I believe, truly fortunate that the ultra-intelligent Meslier was trained as a priest, because this enabled him to observe the spuriousness of Christianity and the Catholic Church first hand, and then leave his revolutionary conclusions to posterity.