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delusive

[dih-loo-siv] /dɪˈlu sɪv/
adjective
1.
tending to delude; misleading; deceptive:
a delusive reply.
2.
of the nature of a delusion; false; unreal:
a delusive belief.
Also, delusory
[dih-loo-suh-ree] /dɪˈlu sə ri/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; delus(ion) + -ive
Related forms
delusively, adverb
delusiveness, noun
nondelusive, adjective
undelusive, adjective
undelusively, adverb
undelusiveness, noun
undelusory, adjective
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  • Keep away from the city aud its delusive business avenue.
  • The belief that financial globalization is promoting economic development in poor countries is also delusive.
Word Origin and History for delusive
adj.

c.1600; see delusion + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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