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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In a lawsuit in a Virginia state court, the gun group accused Ackerman of engaging in deceptive billing practices and leaking damaging documents that show LaPierre using the firm’s funds for lavish travel and custom suits. Mike Spies, The New Yorker, "New Documents Raise Ethical and Billing Concerns About the N.R.A.’s Outside Counsel," 30 July 2019 In a lawsuit in Virginia state court, the gun group accused Ackerman of engaging in deceptive billing practices, and leaking damaging documents that show LaPierre using the firm’s funds for lavish travel and custom suits. Mike Spies, ProPublica, "New Documents Raise Ethical and Billing Concerns About the NRA’s Outside Counsel," 30 July 2019 The commission’s 2011 consent decree with Facebook addressed a litany of deceptive practices by the social media company. David Mclaughlin And Daniel Stoller, latimes.com, "Facebook $5-billion settlement in Cambridge Analytica privacy case is approved by FTC," 12 July 2019 The commission's 2011 consent decree with Facebook addressed a litany of deceptive practices by the social-media company. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Facebook $5 billion U.S. privacy settlement approved by FTC," 12 July 2019 The commission’s 2011 consent decree with Facebook addressed a litany of deceptive practices by the social-media company. David Mclaughlin, Fortune, "Facebook $5 Billion U.S. Privacy Settlement Approved by FTC," 12 July 2019 That same year, the company settled with California and 26 other states for deceptive marketing practices, paying nearly $20 million. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: BART fare increase may not be a done deal," 4 June 2019 The key to his success lately — since his 10-day break throwing bullpens in Single-A last month — has been getting back to the pinpoint command of his fastball that enhances the deceptive sameness of his change-up. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Rotation turns; Paddack’s first pitch advantage; Machado’s surge," 22 July 2019 If this seems like a dumb question, take a gander at a new Louisiana statute targeting such labels as deceptive. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Is That Bacon Merely Fakin’?," 30 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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