diversionary

[ dih-vur-zhuh-ner-ee, -shuh-, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈvɜr ʒəˌnɛr i, -ʃə-, daɪ- /

adjective

tending to divert or distract the attention: diversionary tactics of the guerrilla fighters.

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Origin of diversionary

First recorded in 1840–50; diversion + -ary
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