- 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 deceptively
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
October 13, 2014
She is a woman with strong, provocative, and deceptively intuitive opinions.Why Whitney Cummings’ Dick Jokes Are Important
June 25, 2014
Watercolors are strikingly identical and the charcoal works, done with color pencil, are deceptively perfect.Expert Art Forger is Exposed in Documentary
April 18, 2014
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
November 13, 2012
The deceptively marketed products included credit score tracking, identify theft protection, and payment protection.The CFPB’s First Three Actions Against the Credit Card Companies
October 2, 2012
It was a hellishly unbuildable and deceptively simple gadget, that tracer.Zero Data
They chatted pleasantly and in a deceptively random manner for a while.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
Trench War in its railway requirements was deceptively like peace.G. H. Q.
These little tech-hamlets down the 101 were deceptively utopian.Makers
In the lamplight they were deceptively reminiscent of the eyes of a cat.The Gray Mask
- likely or designed to deceive; misleadingappearances can be deceptive
- music (of a cadence) another word for interrupted (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for deceptively
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.