Definition of deceptive
- a deceptive appearance
- a pitcher with a deceptive windup
in his deceptive answer about the vehicle's history, the salesman said that the used car had never been hit by another car
a mail-order firm indicted for deceptive business practices
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: intended to make someone believe something that is not true
: likely to make someone believe something that is not true
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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