deceptive

adjective de·cep·tive \ di-ˈsep-tiv \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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

deceptively

adverb

deceptiveness

noun

Examples of deceptive in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of deceptive



DECEPTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

deceptive

adjective

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

deceptive

adjective de·cep·tive \ di-ˈsep-tiv \

Definition of deceptive for Students

:tending or able to deceive
  • deceptive advertisements

deceptively

adverb

Law Dictionary

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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