deceptive

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[De*cep┬Ětive]

Something that's deceptive is not what it seems. A deceptive person will lead you to believe something other than the truth. Of course, I would never be deceptive when explaining the word deceptive.

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Tending to deceive; having power to mislead, or impress with false opinions; as, a deceptive countenance or appearance.

Adjective S.
tending to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently; "the deceptive calm in the eye of the storm"; "deliberately deceptive packaging"; "a misleading similarity"; "statistics can be presented in ways that are misleading"

Adjective S.
causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true; "deceptive calm"; "a delusory pleasure"


a.
Tending to deceive; having power to mislead, or impress with false opinions; as, a deceptive countenance or appearance.


Deceptive

De*cep"tive , a. [Cf. F. d'82ceptif. See Deceive.] Tending to deceive; having power to mislead, or impress with false opinions; as, a deceptive countenance or appearance.
Language altogether deceptive, and hiding the deeper reality from our eyes.
Deceptive cadence (Mus.), a cadence on the subdominant, or in some foreign key, postponing the final close.

Tending to deceive; having power to mislead, or impress with false opinions; as, a deceptive countenance or appearance.

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Usage Examples

The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it.

Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

If history, philosophy and so on vanish from academic life, what they leave in their wake may be a technical training facility or corporate research institute. But it will not be a university in the classical sense of the term, and it would be deceptive to call it one.

Science without respect for human life is degrading to us all and reflects a hollow and deceptive philosophy, a philosophy that we as a people should never condone.

I will say that the idea of a woman being deceptive came from that original discussion with critics and reporters about if woman could do that kind of thing. Evelyn, herself, grew out of the discussions about how capable women are of deceit and lying and manipulation.

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