deceptive

[ dih-sep-tiv ]
/ dɪˈsɛp tɪv /

adjective

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.

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Origin of deceptive

1605–15; < Medieval Latin dēceptīvus, equivalent to Latin dēcept(us) (see deception) + -īvus -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for deceptive

deceptive
/ (dɪˈsɛptɪv) /

adjective

likely or designed to deceive; misleadingappearances can be deceptive
music (of a cadence) another word for interrupted (def. 3)

Derived forms of deceptive

deceptively, adverbdeceptiveness, noun
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