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[dih-sep-tiv] /dɪˈsɛp tɪv/
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
1605-15; < Medieval Latin dēceptīvus, equivalent to Latin dēcept(us) (see deception) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
deceptively, adverb
deceptiveness, noun
nondeceptive, adjective
nondeceptively, adverb
nondeceptiveness, noun
undeceptive, adjective
undeceptively, adverb
undeceptiveness, noun
1. delusive, fallacious, specious. Unabridged
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  • One more of many illusions which deceptively gladden our lives, making us bearers of its misery and its triviality!

    The Dead Command Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Trench War in its railway requirements was deceptively like peace.

    G. H. Q. Frank Fox
  • ComGO was a bull-necked bald man with wide blue eyes, a deceptively mild voice.

    Operation Haystack Frank Patrick Herbert
  • In the lamplight they were deceptively reminiscent of the eyes of a cat.

    The Gray Mask Wadsworth Camp
  • Miss Trevenna, with her deceptively cloistral countenance, seemed to flinch a little.

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for deceptively


likely or designed to deceive; misleading: appearances can be deceptive
(music) (of a cadence) another word for interrupted (sense 3)
Derived Forms
deceptively, adverb
deceptiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deceptively



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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