Definition of illusory in English:

illusory

Line breaks: il¦lu|sory
Pronunciation: /ɪˈl(j)uːs(ə)ri
 
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adjective

Based on illusion; not real: she knew the safety of her room was illusory
More example sentences
  • The prospect of getting their motion through was illusory rather than real.
  • Turn to the window at the other end of the upper floor and the view of real Oxford is again illusory.
  • Our ability to think in abstractions without using the physical world as a base tends to be illusory.
Synonyms
delusory, delusional, delusive; illusionary, imagined, imaginary, fancied, non-existent, unreal, hallucinatory; sham, hollow, deceptive, deceiving, false, fallacious, fake, bogus, mistaken, erroneous, misleading, misguided, untrue, specious, fanciful, notional, chimerical

Derivatives

illusorily

adverb
More example sentences
  • Welfare lines and teenage moms by the hundred thousand emerged as a direct result of the apparently but illusorily attractive State incentive not to work.
  • In other words, it is reasonable to conclude that correct performance on invalid target-present trials was not based on coincidental hits of illusorily created targets but was mostly based on correct target identification.
  • Much of it is a blur, as though the intensity of the experience - of starting my first company - has acted like a plane on my memories and feelings, smoothing them down to an illusorily even surface.

illusoriness

noun
More example sentences
  • Such promptings and the resulting grave thoughts deprive ‘home country’ of all meaning, a fact reflective of its illusoriness as a concept.
  • He always defended human culture, even as he acknowledged its transience and illusoriness.
  • By analyzing the structure of signification, Lacan demonstrates the illusoriness of such a ‘phantasm.’

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