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DECEPTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deceptive mean? 

DECEPTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective DECEPTIVE has 2 senses:

1. causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true
2. designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently

  Familiarity information: DECEPTIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DECEPTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1deceptive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true

Synonyms:

deceptive; delusory

Context examples:

deceptive calm / a delusory pleasure

Similar:

unreal (not actually such; being or seeming fanciful or imaginary)


Sense 2deceptive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently

Synonyms:

misleading; deceptive; shoddy

Context examples:

the deceptive calm in the eye of the storm / deliberately deceptive packaging / a misleading similarity / statistics can be presented in ways that are misleading / shoddy business practices

Similar:

dishonest; dishonorable (deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive)


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