delusive

[dih-loo-siv]
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] .


Origin:
1595–1605; delus(ion) + -ive

delusively, adverb
delusiveness, noun
nondelusive, adjective
undelusive, adjective
undelusively, adverb
undelusiveness, noun
undelusory, adjective
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delusion (dɪˈluːʒən)
 
n
1.  a mistaken or misleading opinion, idea, belief, etc: he has delusions of grandeur
2.  psychiatry illusion See also hallucination a belief held in the face of evidence to the contrary, that is resistant to all reason
3.  the act of deluding or state of being deluded
 
de'lusional
 
adj
 
de'lusive
 
adj
 
de'lusively
 
adv
 
de'lusiveness
 
n
 
delusory
 
adj

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delusive
c.1600, from pp. stem of L. deludere (see delude) + -ive.
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Example sentences
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.
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