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deceptive

[dih-sep-tiv] /dɪˈsɛp tɪv/
adjective
1.
apt or tending to deceive:
The enemy's peaceful overtures may be deceptive.
2.
perceptually misleading:
It looks like a curved line, but it's deceptive.
Origin of deceptive
1605-1615
1605-15; < Medieval Latin dēceptīvus, equivalent to Latin dēcept(us) (see deception) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
deceptively, adverb
deceptiveness, noun
nondeceptive, adjective
nondeceptively, adverb
nondeceptiveness, noun
undeceptive, adjective
undeceptively, adverb
undeceptiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. delusive, fallacious, specious.
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  • It seemed far off; but there is nothing so deceptive as the view over a flat surface.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • I was astonished to see how cool he was; but I think the whistle had a deceptive effect.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • In fact so deceptive became almost every ship in the dim light of dawn and dusk that collisions were often narrowly averted.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • 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.

    Disputed Handwriting Jerome B. Lavay
British Dictionary definitions for deceptive

deceptive

/dɪˈsɛptɪv/
adjective
1.
likely or designed to deceive; misleading: appearances can be deceptive
2.
(music) (of a cadence) another word for interrupted (sense 3)
Derived Forms
deceptively, adverb
deceptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for deceptive
adj.

1610s, from French deceptif (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin deceptivus, from decept-, past participle stem of Latin decipere (see deceive). Earlier in this sense was deceptious (c.1600), from French deceptieux, from Medieval Latin deceptiosus, from deceptionem. Related: Deceptively; deceptiveness.

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