Definition of deceptive in English:

deceptive

adjective

  • Giving an appearance or impression different from the true one; misleading.

    ‘he put the question with deceptive casualness’
    • ‘Once again I do not consider that he has any prospect of establishing that the entry in the log is in any way false or deceptive.’
    • ‘A blogger has caught out the The New York Times in a bit of deceptive reporting.’
    • ‘We looked the part, but appearances came be deceptive, as I was soon to discover.’
    • ‘Today it announced the start of legal action alleging misleading and deceptive conduct.’
    • ‘But take the time to talk to him and you realise just how deceptive outward appearances can be.’
    • ‘Double-talk and deceptive marketing materials figure large in this enterprise.’
    • ‘Quantitative studies must be done exactly right in every detail or the numbers will be deceptive.’
    • ‘Diagnosing this deceptive and deadly disease is a nightmare for doctors as well as patients.’
    • ‘Bellamy looks small and slight beside his teammate, but never have appearances been so deceptive.’
    • ‘His main asset is his pace and it's deceptive pace as well because you don't realise just how quickly he's travelling.’
    • ‘First impressions can more often than not be deceptive, but when it comes to football they tend to be spot on.’
    • ‘At present the public have few reliable ways of detecting whether reporting is deceptive or not.’
    • ‘Others may use deceptive sales tactics and false positives to scare up sales from confused users.’
    • ‘A partial recovery a few days later raised hopes, but turned out to be deceptive.’
    • ‘Appearances are deceptive in these restaurants, which look like dingy pubs from the outside.’
    • ‘But while it looked easy enough, I soon discovered appearances can be deceptive.’
    • ‘The question that Mr Justice Brownie had to decide is whether that was misleading or deceptive.’
    • ‘He said the slogans of chief minister are hollow and deceptive and that there is no logic in his arguments.’
    • ‘Spokesman for Cumbria Constabulary Mike Head warned that lake waters could be dangerously deceptive.’
    • ‘His solution, as brilliant as it is deceptive, is to reinvent himself as a moderate.’
    misleading, illusory, illusive, illusionary, ambiguous, deceiving, delusive, distorted, specious
    deceitful, duplicitous, fraudulent, counterfeit, sham, bogus, cheating, underhand, cunning, crafty, sly, guileful, scheming, perfidious, treacherous, machiavellian, dissembling, disingenuous, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled, dishonest, untruthful, lying, mendacious, insincere, false
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Pronunciation:

deceptive

/dəˈseptiv/