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adjective de·cep·tive \di-ˈsep-tiv\

: intended to make someone believe something that is not true

: likely to make someone believe something that is not true

Full Definition of DECEPTIVE

:  tending or having power to deceive :  misleading <a deceptive appearance>
de·cep·tive·ly adverb
de·cep·tive·ness noun

Examples of DECEPTIVE

  1. <in his deceptive answer about the vehicle's history, the salesman said that the used car had never been hit by another car>
  2. <a mail-order firm indicted for deceptive business practices>

First Known Use of DECEPTIVE

circa 1611
DECEPTIVENESS Defined for Kids


adjective de·cep·tive \di-ˈsep-tiv\

Definition of DECEPTIVE for Kids

:  tending or able to deceive <deceptive advertisements>
de·cep·tive·ly adverb


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