Definition of delusive in English:



  • Giving a false or misleading impression.

    ‘the delusive light of Venice’
    • ‘They brought back piquantly appropriate or delusive answers, piquant enough to condemn the stories.’
    • ‘It was not only delusive but dangerous, for it lulled the public into a false sense of security.’
    • ‘In my elimination of delusive thoughts, my conscious mind believes that my past delusions were wrong.’
    • ‘Pop is about the glorious effusive, delusive Now, isn't it?’
    • ‘Ethics without science is at best uninformed and at worst delusive, while science without ethics is at best suspect and at worst downright dangerous.’
    • ‘Perceptions can be delusive, especially when core beliefs are at stake.’
    • ‘The process is delusive and insufficient, exactly in proportion as the subject-matter of the observation is special and limited in extent.’
    • ‘A figurative pat on the head is worthless if youthful naivete is allowed to grow and flourish in a delusive psyche.’
    • ‘Scientific truth is always paradox, if judged by everyday experience, which catches only the delusive nature of things.’
    • ‘Thus we can have common-sense knowledge while not knowing that we are not having the delusive experience of a brain-in-a-vat.’
    • ‘Wednesday's win was a pleasing, restorative result at a time when it was badly needed, but it would be delusive to read too much into it.’
    • ‘In each episode, he illustrates that the erasure of human history is both an elusive and delusive act, propelled by the desperate illusion that there is no consequence to one's actions.’
    • ‘A cat's vast sense of entitlement may be delusive but at least it's honest.’
    • ‘Fredric Jameson's 1981 lecture, ‘Postmodernism and Consumer Society,’ sheds some light on Wideman's portrayal of ghetto experience as delusive.’
    • ‘But we should be clear that we are doing so for reasons of justice and not in the delusive hope of greater security.’
    • ‘However, as hard as she tried, her attempts were delusive.’
    misleading, deceptive
    misconceived, mistaken, false, in error, illusory, chimerical, insubstantial
    delusory, illusive
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