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.
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.
- non·de·cep·tive·ly, adverb
- un·de·cep·tive·ly, adverb
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How to use deceptively in a sentence
Later stories showed how TurboTax uses deceptive design and misleading ads to get people to pay to file their taxes, even when they are eligible to file for free.
Hopkins’s allegations, without his name, were first aired last week by Project Veritas, an organization that uses deceptive tactics to expose what it says is bias and corruption in the mainstream media.Postal worker recanted allegations of ballot tampering, officials say | Shawn Boburg, Jacob Bogage | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
This deceptive and convenient electoral system was manufactured several years after the triumph of the 1959 revolution and allowed the same man to govern for 49 years.
If and when Faraday Future hits public markets, it will bear a huge legacy of mismanagement and alleged deceptive behavior by its founder, Jia Yueting.The electric car frenzy is helping even troubled companies raise big money | dzanemorris | October 23, 2020 | Fortune
Yet the apparent simplicity of the olfactory system soon proved deceptive.Our Mind-Boggling Sense of Smell - Issue 91: The Amazing Brain | Ann-Sophie Barwich | October 14, 2020 | Nautilus
That Snapchat deceptively told its users that the sender would be notified if a recipient took a screenshot of a snap.‘The Snappening’ Is Real: 90,000 Private Photos and 9,000 Hacked Snapchat Videos Leak Online | Marlow Stern | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ernst won her race for Montgomery County auditor, a deceptively powerful position in local Hawkeye State politics, in 2005.In 2005, ‘Iowa Nice’ Ernst Helped to Oust Veterans From Local Board After They Opposed Her Candidacy | Ben Jacobs | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She is a woman with strong, provocative, and deceptively intuitive opinions.
Watercolors are strikingly identical and the charcoal works, done with color pencil, are deceptively perfect.
Like a lot of great bookstores, on the outside, Green Apple is deceptively simple, humble, even misleading.Dave Eggers’s Favorite Bookstore: Green Apple Books, San Francisco | Dave Eggers | November 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He had come away in the sour mood of a thirsty man who finds an alkali spring sparkling deceptively under a rock.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
If the materialist use the words "right" and "obligation," he does it deceptively, and means only compulsion and power.The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII. | Various
He watched Harrington make a deceptively pointless-looking move.Uller Uprising | Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
A small, clear stream flowed below it to the left, so deceptively clear that it reflected the hillside in all its natural tints.Yiddish Tales | Various
He was not hurrying, but his short wolf-trot ate up ground in deceptively quick time.Lad: A Dog | Albert Payson Terhune