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The Definition of - deceptive (adj)

    apt or tending to deceive:
    The enemy's peaceful overtures may be deceptive.
    perceptually misleading:
    It looks like a curved line, but it's deceptive.

Word Example of - deceptive

    Example Sentences for deceptive

    It seemed far off; but there is nothing so deceptive as the view over a flat surface.

    I was astonished to see how cool he was; but I think the whistle had a deceptive effect.

    In fact so deceptive became almost every ship in the dim light of dawn and dusk that collisions were often narrowly averted.

    But it was also a deceptive method because what could not be explained was omitted.

    It was the same with a $10 note of deceptive workmanship which appeared in New York.

    Here you see the deceptive character of those alluring words.

    James considered this rather a masterly piece of deceptive strategy, more than making up for his indiscretion at the front door.

    All charges and insinuations to the contrary are deceptive and groundless.

    By that deceptive light, he had no assurance of hitting one dog without also killing the other.

    The deceptive appearance of the second Mr. Cox pronounced as perfect.

Word Origin & History of - deceptive

    Word Origin & History

    deceptive 1610s, from Fr. deceptif (late 14c.), from M.L. deceptivus, from decept-, pp. stem of L. decipere (see deceive). Earlier in this sense was deceptious (c.1600), from Fr. deceptieux, from M.L. deceptiosus, from deceptionem. Related: Deceptively (1825).