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[dih-loo-siv] /dɪˈlu sɪv/
tending to delude; misleading; deceptive:
a delusive reply.
of the nature of a delusion; false; unreal:
a delusive belief.
Also, delusory
[dih-loo-suh-ree] /dɪˈlu sə ri/ (Show IPA)
Origin of delusive
1595-1605; delus(ion) + -ive
Related forms
delusively, adverb
delusiveness, noun
nondelusive, adjective
undelusive, adjective
undelusively, adverb
undelusiveness, noun
undelusory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Lured by the delusive hope these words awakened, Pietro went on.

    Phil the Fiddler Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • This pursuit of pleasure for pleasure's sake is delusive and destructive.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • Duty is a term that can scarcely be said to have a meaning, except that which it derives from the delusive sense of liberty.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • The delusive pleasures that follow in the train of dark-browed night, all told of Edwin.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Perhaps the most impressive case of this delusive cure of incurable disease is that of the Earl of Dunmore.

    The Religio-Medical Masquerade Frederick William Peabody
  • An answer in words is delusive; it is really no answer to the questions you ask.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I can bear up against the unbroken gloom of my future; I could not endure the changeful light of a delusive hope.'

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
Word Origin and History for delusive

c.1600; see delusion + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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