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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 of delusive
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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  • His tenderness charmed back to Sophie's lips the smile of happiness which is so delusively like that of health.

    The Green Book Mr Jkai
  • The water resting on the verge of the lovely Isle was as delusively clear, but was not deceptive.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
Word Origin and History for delusively

delusive

adj.

c.1600; see delusion + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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