SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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 1605–15;
Medieval Latin dēceptīvus,
-īvus -ive Related forms de·cep·tive·ly, adverb de·cep·tive·ness, noun non·de·cep·tive, adjective non·de·cep·tive·ly, adverb non·de·cep·tive·ness, noun un·de·cep·tive, adjective un·de·cep·tive·ly, adverb un·de·cep·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-deceptive adjective likely or designed to deceive; misleading appearances can be deceptive Derived Forms deceptively, adverb deceptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-deceptive adj.
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.
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