[ dih-loo-zhuh-nl ]
/ dɪˈlu ʒə nl /
having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions: Senators who think they will get agreement on a comprehensive tax bill are delusional.
Psychiatry. maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts, usually as a result of mental illness: He was so delusional and paranoid that he thought everybody was conspiring against him.
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Definition for delusionary (2 of 2)
[ dih-loo-zhuhn ]
/ dɪˈlu ʒən /
Origin of delusion
OTHER WORDS FROM delusionde·lu·sion·al, de·lu·sion·ar·y, adjectivepre·de·lu·sion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for delusionary
/ (dɪˈluːʒən) /
Derived forms of delusion
delusional, adjectivedelusive, adjectivedelusively, adverbdelusiveness, noun
delusory (dɪˈluːsərɪ), adjective
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Medical definitions for delusionary
[ dĭ-lōō′zhən ]
A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness.
Other words from delusionde•lu′sion•al adj.
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Scientific definitions for delusionary
[ dĭ-lōō′zhən ]
A false belief or perception strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness, as in schizophrenia.
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Cultural definitions for delusionary
A false belief held despite strong evidence against it; self-deception. Delusions are common in some forms of psychosis. Because of his delusions, the literary character Don Quixote attacks a windmill, thinking it is a giant.
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