Definition of deceptive in English:


Syllabification: de·cep·tive
Pronunciation: /dəˈseptiv


Giving an appearance or impression different from the true one; misleading: he put the question with deceptive casualness
More example sentences
  • But while it looked easy enough, I soon discovered appearances can be deceptive.
  • Today it announced the start of legal action alleging misleading and deceptive conduct.
  • Bellamy looks small and slight beside his teammate, but never have appearances been so deceptive.
misleading, illusory, illusionary, specious; ambiguous; distorted
literary illusive
deceitful, duplicitous, fraudulent, counterfeit, underhanded, cunning, crafty, sly, guileful, scheming, treacherous, Machiavellian; disingenuous, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled, dishonest, insincere, false
informal crooked, sharp, shady, sneaky, tricky, foxy



More example sentences
  • Through Ballard's books, you can trace the development of his thoughts on the deceptiveness of appearances.
  • The mere hint of evasion or deceptiveness under oath was just too much for him to handle.
  • Understandably, Miranda is angry with her parents for their implicit deceptiveness and does not forgive them easily.

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