deceptive

adjective
de·cep·tive | \ di-ˈsep-tiv \

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 modesty is deceptive, though, for these same two programs encompass a nearly new knockout, a major revival and the kind of career-spanning variety that other companies save for big anniversary events. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: Mark Morris’s Egalitarian Ethos and Top-Class Art," 27 Apr. 2018 The state sued Purdue Pharma and its affiliates, alleging deceptive marketing practices and laying blame with Purdue for the opioid epidemic. Author: Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge allows Alaska’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturer to proceed," 13 July 2018 The simple fact is that Crisis Pregnancy Centers offer deceptive and often unlicensed patient care, and perpetuate a culture where people are shamed for their personal healthcare choices. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Anti-Abortion Groups That Lie to Pregnant Women," 26 June 2018 But especially among the aspiring middle class of Istanbul and other cities, parents have complained that Mr. Erdogan has aggressively pushed religious instruction in ways divisive, deceptive and damaging to educational standards. New York Times, "Erdogan’s Plan to Raise a ‘Pious Generation’ Divides Parents in Turkey," 18 June 2018 What makes environmentalism so deceptive and so dangerous is the fact that its becoming the religion of choice for the global environmental crowd, and it’s especially dangerous because it is not being presented as a religion. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Four: The Gospel of Bundy," 18 May 2018 As local-food sales grow into a $20 billion industry, a USA TODAY Network investigation found that state-branding programs designed to inform consumers and support local farmers are deceptive and virtually unregulated. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "'Buy local' food programs deceive consumers and are rarely enforced, a USA TODAY Network investigation finds," 2 Mar. 2018 Tennessee filed its complaint last month at the same time Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada and Texas brought similar lawsuits claiming unfair and deceptive trade practices. Fox News, "OxyContin maker placed profits over people, lawsuit reveals," 6 July 2018 The now quiet, serene movement of the water down the Trinity River is deceptive. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Trinity River changed by Hurricane Harvey," 22 May 2018

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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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Phrases Related to deceptive

looks can be deceiving/deceptive

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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 \

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 \

Legal Definition of deceptive 

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

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