Definition of deceptive
: tending or having power to cause someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid : tending or having power to deceive a deceptive appearance a pitcher with a deceptive windup
Examples of deceptive in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of deceptive from the Web
Some 11 million cars worldwide have the deceptive software.
Prolific and often deceptive tweeting has been a central part of Donald Trump’s public identity for years.
The omnipresence of the cheetah in documentaries and the popular consciousness is deceptive.
The same unidentified person was involved in all of the deceptive transactions at the store on Windward Parkway, police said.
But that won’t get rid of false or biased information online, which comes from many sources, including deceptive advertising, satirical websites and misleading partisan posts and articles.
Adelson's cash produced billboards and mailers about deceptive gummy bears and the hazards for kids who get into someone's stash.
O’Hara gives banks and bankers what, at times, feels like a lot of leeway on practices that seem at best unfair, and at worst deceptive.
Oddly, the character of Tim is also written with a shadow of doubt built in—a mostly stifled dissatisfaction with the deceptive life of a secret agent.
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Origin and Etymology of deceptive
First Known Use: circa 1611
DECEPTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deceptive for English Language Learners
: intended to make someone believe something that is not true
: likely to make someone believe something that is not true
DECEPTIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of deceptive for Students
: tending or able to deceive deceptive advertisements
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