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illusory

[ ih-loo-suh-ree, -zuh- ]
/ ɪˈlu sə ri, -zə- /
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adjective

causing illusion; deceptive; misleading.
of the nature of an illusion; unreal.

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Origin of illusory

1590–1600; <Late Latin illūsōrius, equivalent to illūd(ere) to mock, ridicule (see illusion) + -tōrius-tory1

OTHER WORDS FROM illusory

il·lu·so·ri·ly, adverbil·lu·so·ri·ness, nounun·il·lu·so·ry, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH illusory

elusive, illusory
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British Dictionary definitions for illusory

illusory

illusive (ɪˈluːsɪv)

/ (ɪˈluːsərɪ) /

adjective

producing, produced by, or based on illusion; deceptive or unreal

Derived forms of illusory

illusorily or illusively, adverbillusoriness or illusiveness, noun

usage for illusory

Illusive is sometimes wrongly used where elusive is meant: they fought hard, but victory remained elusive (not illusive)
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