deceptive

  • 1deceptive — de·cep·tive /di sep tiv/ adj: tending or having capacity to deceive deceptive trade practices compare fraudulent, misleading Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

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  • 2Deceptive — De*cep tive, a. [Cf. F. d[ e]ceptif. See {Deceive}.] Tending to deceive; having power to mislead, or impress with false opinions; as, a deceptive countenance or appearance. [1913 Webster] Language altogether deceptive, and hiding the deeper… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3deceptive — 1610s, from Fr. deceptif (late 14c.), from M.L. deceptivus, from decept , pp. stem of L. decipere (see DECEIVE (Cf. deceive)). Earlier in this sense was deceptious (c.1600), from Fr. deceptieux, from M.L. deceptiosus, from deceptionem. Related:… …

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  • 4deceptive — *misleading, delusory, delusive Analogous words: specious, *plausible, colorable: *false, wrong Contrasted words: genuine, *authentic, veritable, bona fide: true, *real, actual …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5deceptive — [adj] dishonest ambiguous, astucious, beguiling, bum*, catchy, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deceiving, deluding, delusive, delusory, designing, disingenuous, fake, fallacious, false, fishy, foxy, fraudulent, illusory, imposturous, indirect,… …

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  • 6deceptive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ giving an impression different from the true one …

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  • 7deceptive — [dē sep′tiv, disep′tiv] adj. [Fr déceptif < LL deceptivus: see DECEIVE & IVE] deceiving or intended to deceive deceptively adv. deceptiveness n …

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  • 8deceptive — de|cep|tive [dıˈseptıv] adj 1.) something that is deceptive seems to be one thing but is in fact very different ▪ Some snakes move with deceptive speed (=move faster than you think or expect) . ▪ Gwen s students may look angelic, but appearances… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9deceptive — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ highly, very ▪ dangerously PHRASES ▪ can be deceptive …

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  • 10deceptive — UK [dɪˈseptɪv] / US adjective 1) something that is deceptive seems very different from the way it really is appearances can be deceptive: The hotel looked nice but appearances can be deceptive. 2) trying to trick someone by telling them something …

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  • 11deceptive — [dɪˈseptɪv] adj 1) if something is deceptive, it seems very different from the way it really is a deceptive calmness in his voice[/ex] 2) if someone is being deceptive, they trick other people by telling them something that is not true deceptive… …

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  • 12deceptive — de|cep|tive [ dı septıv ] adjective 1. ) something that is deceptive seems very different from the way it really is: a deceptive calmness in his voice 2. ) trying to trick someone by telling them something that is not true: new laws against… …

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  • 13deceptive — adjective 1 something that is deceptive seems to be one thing but is in fact very different: A boa constrictor can move with deceptive speed. 2 deliberately intended to make someone believe something that is not true: deceptive behavior… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14deceptive — deceptively, adv. deceptiveness, n. /di sep tiv/, adj. 1. apt or tending to deceive: The enemy s peaceful overtures may be deceptive. 2. perceptually misleading: It looks like a curved line, but it s deceptive. [1605 15; < ML deceptivus, equiv.&#8230; …

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  • 15deceptive — [[t]dɪse̱ptɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED If something is deceptive, it encourages you to believe something which is not true. Johnston isn t tired of London yet, it seems, but appearances can be deceptive. Syn: misleading Derived words: deceptively ADV The&#8230; …

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  • 16deceptive — adjective 1) distances are very deceptive Syn: misleading, illusory, illusionary, specious; ambiguous; distorted; literary illusive 2) deceptive practices Syn: deceitful, duplicitous, fraudulent, counterfeit …

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  • 17deceptive — adjective Date: circa 1611 tending or having power to deceive ; misleading < a deceptive appearance > • deceptively adverb • deceptiveness noun …

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  • 18deceptive — Synonyms and related words: Barmecidal, Barmecide, aberrant, abroad, adrift, airy, all abroad, all off, all wrong, amiss, apparent, apparently sound, apparitional, askew, astray, at fault, autistic, awry, beguiling, beside the mark, bogus,&#8230; …

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  • 19deceptive — see appearances are deceptive …

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  • 20deceptive — adjective /dɪ.ˈsɛp.tɪv/ misleading, likely or attempting to deceive See Also: deception, deceptively, deceive, deceit …

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