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delusive

[dih-loo-siv]
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adjective
  1. tending to delude; misleading; deceptive: a delusive reply.
  2. of the nature of a delusion; false; unreal: a delusive belief.
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Also de·lu·so·ry [dih-loo-suh-ree] /dɪˈlu sə ri/.

Origin of delusive

First recorded in 1595–1605; delus(ion) + -ive
Related formsde·lu·sive·ly, adverbde·lu·sive·ness, nounnon·de·lu·sive, adjectiveun·de·lu·sive, adjectiveun·de·lu·sive·ly, adverbun·de·lu·sive·ness, nounun·de·lu·so·ry, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The water resting on the verge of the lovely Isle was as delusively clear, but was not deceptive.

    Tropic Days

    E. J. Banfield

  • His tenderness charmed back to Sophie's lips the smile of happiness which is so delusively like that of health.


Word Origin and History for delusively

delusive

adj.

c.1600; see delusion + -ive.

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