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
Recent Examples on the Web Its plaintiffs are three California women who allege deceptive trade practices and false advertising. Ken Ritter, ajc, "Vegas agency links more liver ailments to 'Real Water' brand," 28 Apr. 2021 The once-close relationships unravelled in a series of bitter legal battles over contracts, unpaid bills, and allegations of deceptive business practices. Mike Spies, The New Yorker, "The Secret Footage of the N.R.A. Chief’s Botched Elephant Hunt," 27 Apr. 2021 The state attorney general’s 66-page complaint in 2019 listed 41 counts including 13 counts alleging first-degree human trafficking, 26 counts alleging second-degree human trafficking and two counts alleging deceptive trade practices. Michael Wetzel The Decatur Daily, al, "Lawyer for Alabama massage business closed in prostitution investigation: ‘This should never happen’," 9 Apr. 2021 Attorney General Doug Peterson alleged in a July complaint that Pivot Concierge Health and Banyan Medical Systems violated Nebraska’s consumer protection law and a federal deceptive trade practices law, according to the Omaha World-Herald. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Music festivals, Opening Day, casino clinics: News from around our 50 states," 1 Apr. 2021 The civil lawsuit seeks monetary damages based on several legal claims including false advertising, negligence and deceptive trade practices. CBS News, ""Real Water" recalled after it is linked to liver problems in kids," 18 Mar. 2021 In that sense, the rapid portfolio buildout that was most intense between 2007 and 2014 may be deceptive. Baker Institute, Forbes, "Chinese Firms Position For An Energy Transition Copper Supercycle," 5 Apr. 2021 This alleged misrepresentation could violate the trade commission's rules involving unfair and deceptive practices, according to the complaint. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Children’s group accuses Google of violating privacy laws with 'teacher approved' apps," 31 Mar. 2021 When shopping for a vacuum, the price can be deceptive, whether high or low. Matt Fleming, chicagotribune.com, "Best cheap vacuums," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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3 May 2021

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“Deceptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deceptive. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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