- 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 deceptiveness
That the Obama administration is "trafficking in stereotypes about Jewish deceptiveness and appetite for blood."Neo-Con Lee Smith Smears Obama Administration as Anti-Semitic
November 22, 2013
But at this moment Jones discovers for the first time the deceptiveness of visual memory.Hagel's Orwell Moment on India
February 26, 2013
We have learnt to prize Him in proportion as we have learnt the deceptiveness of all beside!Sermons
He had moments through the night of recognizing the deceptiveness of his senses.Aurora the Magnificent
And then he laughed at the deceptiveness and the wild humor of his own speech.True and Other Stories
George Parsons Lathrop
College mates of Taylor will recall the deceptiveness of this outward appearance.Jukes-Edwards
A. E. Winship
Moralizing on the deceptiveness of appearances, Crimmins fortified himself with another slab of cut-plug.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
- likely or designed to deceive; misleadingappearances can be deceptive
- music (of a cadence) another word for interrupted (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for deceptiveness
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.