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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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  • Moralizing on the deceptiveness of appearances, Crimmins fortified himself with another slab of cut-plug.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • College mates of Taylor will recall the deceptiveness of this outward appearance.

    Jukes-Edwards A. E. Winship
  • And then he laughed at the deceptiveness and the wild humor of his own speech.

    True and Other Stories George Parsons Lathrop
  • To the eye it appears an ideal country for traveling, but only a very slight experience is necessary to reveal its deceptiveness.

    Navaho Houses, pages 469-518 Cosmos Mindeleff
  • Independently of any skill or deceptiveness, this broken painted surface looks effective and lasts long.

  • Here then you see the deceptiveness under the above dissembled conversation of Cain with his brother.

  • He had moments through the night of recognizing the deceptiveness of his senses.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
  • A madman was capable of anything; and yet, confound the chap's deceptiveness, he didn't look mad.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for deceptiveness

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 deceptiveness

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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