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Meaning of DECEPTIVE

Pronunciation:  di'septiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  tending to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently; "the deceptive calm in the eye of the storm"; "deliberately deceptive packaging"; "a misleading similarity"; "statistics can be presented in ways that are misleading"
  2. [adj]  causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true; "deceptive calm"; "a delusory pleasure"

DECEPTIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: delusory, dishonest, dishonorable, misleading, unreal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

      Language altogether deceptive, and hiding the deeper
      reality from our eyes.                   --Trench.

{Deceptive cadence} (Mus.), a cadence on the subdominant, or
   in some foreign key, postponing the final close.

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