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 The campaign maintains that the deceptive claims — about a method of voting that could prove critical in November because of the coronavirus pandemic — amount to voter suppression, which Facebook has vowed to wipe from its platform. Craig Timberg, Washington Post, "Biden campaign assails Facebook for 'haggling’ with Trump over his online posts," 30 June 2020 The New York State Nurses Association believes that figure is deceptive and that the state provided too little too late. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "Andrew Cuomo’s Report on Controversial Nursing Home Policy for COVID Patients Prompts More Controversy," 10 July 2020 Facebook officials said Stone, a longtime friend of President Trump and adviser to his first presidential campaign, used fake accounts and other deceptive measures to manipulate public debate. Washington Post, "Facebook closes network of accounts and pages affiliated with Roger Stone for manipulation," 8 July 2020 The company has also come under fire for a toxic workplace culture and deceptive practices. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Oyo hotel chain headquartered in Dallas lays off majority of its U.S. workers," 10 July 2020 The court also will consider whether the Federal Trade Commission can require fraudulent or deceptive businesses to return... Brent Kendall And Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, "Supreme Court to Hear Case on Government Seizure of Fannie, Freddie Profits," 10 July 2020 The move by Reddit comes amid a broader crackdown by technology companies, including Twitter and Facebook, to try to rein in hateful, deceptive and other problematic content on their platforms, typically after high-profile scandals prompted action. Craig Timberg, Washington Post, "Reddit closes long-running forum supporting President Trump after years of policy violations," 29 June 2020 Its shape pays big dividends in convenience, and its size is deceptive. cleveland, "2020 Chevrolet Bolt boasts greater range and great value (review)," 27 June 2020 In that case, Massachusetts AG Maura Healy argues that the company engaged in deceptive advertising and defrauded consumers. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "In new lawsuits against Big Oil, prosecutors borrow from the fight against Big Tobacco," 25 June 2020

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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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6 Aug 2020

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“Deceptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deceptive. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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deceptive

adjective
How to pronounce deceptive (audio)

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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