deceptive

adjective
de·​cep·​tive | \ di-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce deceptive (audio) \

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

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Other Words from deceptive

deceptively adverb
deceptiveness noun

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

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The tequila is real, clean and not overpriced by deceptive marketing. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "Where to Find the Best Tequila in Mexico," 11 June 2019 The Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 prohibited meatpackers from engaging in unfair and deceptive practices, manipulating prices, creating monopolies or giving undue preference to particular people, businesses or places. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite.," 5 June 2019 The deceptive marketing of a dangerous procedure with no proven benefit...is egregious. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "Vaginal Rejuvenation Is on the Rise, But the Results Often Don't Live Up to the Hype," 27 Mar. 2019 The complaint says these practices are deceptive and ignore the explicit preferences of many Facebook users. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Facebook’s Facial Recognition Feature Violates Users’ Privacy Rights, Groups Allege," 6 Apr. 2018 The Bears were often deceptive with injury information under former coach John Fox and had never listed a neck issue for Long on their injury report. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "After three surgeries, Kyle Long promises to be 'flying around' when season starts," 3 Apr. 2018 Many of the strategies and techniques the would-be sellers were allegedly taught — such as posting fake product reviews — were deceptive and violated Amazon’s policies. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "FTC says two Massachusetts brothers ran phony Amazon sales program," 23 Mar. 2018 The incident highlights the challenges energy companies face in meeting Washington’s stricter due-diligence guidelines for potentially deceptive shipping practices in maritime trade. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Suspected Iranian Oil Caught in Sanctions Trap," 19 June 2019 But when a brand ambassador’s very existence is questionable — especially in an environment studded with deceptive deepfakes, bots and fraud — what happens to the old virtue of truth in advertising? New York Times, "These Influencers Aren’t Flesh and Blood, Yet Millions Follow Them," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of deceptive

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deceptive

see deception

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The first known use of deceptive was circa 1611

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deceptive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of deceptive

: intended to make someone believe something that is not true
: likely to make someone believe something that is not true

deceptive

adjective
de·​cep·​tive | \ di-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce deceptive (audio) \

Kids Definition of deceptive

: tending or able to deceive deceptive advertisements

Other Words from deceptive

deceptively adverb

deceptive

adjective
de·​cep·​tive | \ di-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce deceptive (audio) \

Legal Definition of deceptive

: tending or having capacity to deceive deceptive trade practices — compare fraudulent, misleading

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