un illusory

illusory

[ih-loo-suh-ree, -zuh-]
adjective
1.
causing illusion; deceptive; misleading.
2.
of the nature of an illusion; unreal.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Late Latin illūsōrius, equivalent to illūd(ere) to mock, ridicule (see illusion) + -tōrius -tory1

illusorily, adverb
illusoriness, noun
unillusory, adjective

elusive, illusory.


1. fallacious, specious, false. 2. imaginary; visionary, fancied.
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illusory or illusive (ɪˈluːsərɪ, ɪˈluːsɪv)
 
adj
producing, produced by, or based on illusion; deceptive or unreal
 
usage  Illusive is sometimes wrongly used where elusive is meant: they fought hard, but victory remained elusive (not illusive)
 
illusive or illusive
 
adj
 
usage  Illusive is sometimes wrongly used where elusive is meant: they fought hard, but victory remained elusive (not illusive)
 
il'lusorily or illusive
 
adv
 
il'lusively or illusive
 
adv
 
il'lusoriness or illusive
 
n
 
il'lusiveness or illusive
 
n

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illusory
1590s, from Fr. illusorie, from L.L. illusorius "of a mocking character," from L. illudere "mock at," lit. "to play with," from in- "at" + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous).
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