- apt or tending to deceive: The enemy's peaceful overtures may be deceptive.
- perceptually misleading: It looks like a curved line, but it's deceptive.
Origin of deceptive
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Examples from the Web for deceptive
He knows he was lucky that way; but also that appearances can be deceptive.This Fashion World Darling Is Homeless
December 2, 2014
“The language on the ballot is deceptive and deliberately so,” says Herron.Tennessee Voters Face a Loaded Abortion Question
October 4, 2014
The makers of wildly popular energy shot 5-hour Energy are being sued by three states for deceptive advertising.Forget 5-Hour Energy: Tea Is a Better Buzz
July 22, 2014
The procedure is called an E-Trace, but the name is deceptive.How Bronx Teen Shaaliver Douse, Killed by Cops, Ended Up With a Gun
August 10, 2013
Were there not reflections of a deceptive, stimulation-seeking, and coldblooded psychopathic personality in Dzhokhar?What Made the Boston Bombers Do It
May 3, 2013
"Here's your coat," said she, with that strange, deceptive calmness.Tiverton Tales
He might have been any age from forty to sixty, so deceptive was his appearance.
Appearances are deceptive very often; they are so in this instance.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
The British worker is, of course, deceptive; he does not look as if he were thinking.Another Sheaf
Out in the open, and especially in the mountains, distances are deceptive.The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service
James R. Driscoll
- likely or designed to deceive; misleadingappearances can be deceptive
- music (of a cadence) another word for interrupted (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for deceptive
1610s, from French deceptif (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin deceptivus, from decept-, past participle stem of Latin decipere (see deceive). Earlier in this sense was deceptious (c.1600), from French deceptieux, from Medieval Latin deceptiosus, from deceptionem. Related: Deceptively; deceptiveness.