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  1. in a way that tends to mislead or give a false impression: This game is played with such deceptively simple materials, yet is so interestingly complex!Some of these harmful foods are deceptively marketed as "healthy" by giant food corporations.

  2. in a way that is perceptually misleading: If only a segment of sky is visible, the bands of Earth’s shadow and the Belt of Venus appear deceptively parallel.

Origin of deceptively

First recorded in 1810–20; deceptive + -ly

Other words from deceptively

  • non·de·cep·tive·ly, adverb
  • un·de·cep·tive·ly, adverb

Words Nearby deceptively Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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