de·​lu·​sive | \ di-ˈlü-siv How to pronounce delusive (audio) , -ˈlü-ziv, dē- \

Definition of delusive

1 : likely to delude delusive promises
2 : constituting a delusion delusive beliefs

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Other Words from delusive

delusively adverb
delusiveness noun

Examples of delusive in a Sentence

delusive promises of high-paying jobs for the illegal immigrants
Recent Examples on the Web Its apostles see the catastrophic impact of climate change as a historic opportunity to revert to the comforting, delusive tribal vision of racial purity in a world given over to chaos and all but permanent geopolitical turmoil. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of delusive

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Delusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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