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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But California attorney Dennis Ingols said the court-order requirement simply led to deceptive ways to obtain one. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "'Another set of eyes': New system is a check on DCS child removals," 1 July 2018 When the Court heard the case back in March, Justice Sonia Sotomayor read the proof out loud in the courtroom for all to hear, quoting from the deceptive websites of one of the centers. Ilyse Hogue, Marie Claire, "I'm the President of NARAL. Roe v. Wade Is in Grave Danger.," 27 June 2018 This deceptive move was done, the suit argues, because Ratner was trying to argue that Kohler showed actual malice in her accusations, removing it from the context of the current moment and implying that her sole objective was to harm him. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine, "The fight against one mogul’s attempts to chill sexual abuse claims is the perfect test case for Hollywood’s #MeToo moment.," 3 Jan. 2018 In a bright spot for prosecutors, the court also said that lies about bond prices could be deceptive. Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg.com, "Litvak's Conviction Reversed Again by Federal Appeals Court," 3 May 2018 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

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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 \

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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