tending to delude; misleading; deceptive: a delusive reply.
of the nature of a delusion; false; unreal: a delusive belief.

Also de·lu·so·ry [dih-loo-suh-ree] /dɪˈlu sə ri/.

Origin of delusive

First recorded in 1595–1605; delus(ion) + -ive
Related formsde·lu·sive·ly, adverbde·lu·sive·ness, nounnon·de·lu·sive, adjectiveun·de·lu·sive, adjectiveun·de·lu·sive·ly, adverbun·de·lu·sive·ness, nounun·de·lu·so·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for delusive

Contemporary Examples of delusive

  • And the feelings of security provided by guns may be delusive.

  • The question is: Will those negotiations be real and productive or — as the Iranians must hope — delusive and manipulative?

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    Netanyahu's Timetable

    David Frum

    May 5, 2012

  • So it is with wind and solar today, and the president is engaging in delusive political practice by suggesting otherwise.

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    Now the Bad Bits

    David Frum

    January 25, 2012

Historical Examples of delusive

Word Origin and History for delusive

c.1600; see delusion + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper