il·​lu·​sion·​ary i-ˈlü-zhə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce illusionary (audio)

Examples of illusionary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The election, held over three days, gave Putin over 87% of the vote, extending his already 24-year rule until at least 2030 – a stratospheric result that recalled the illusionary elections of the Soviet Union or those of other dictatorships, such as North Korea or Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 18 Mar. 2024 Watch for illusionary spending while Venus contends with Neptune. USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2024 Reeves wants to keep his Batman films within certain boundaries of illusionary realism, but importantly he’s specified not just a willingness but an actual intent to try to find ways to incorporate some of the more fantastical elements and villains into his bat-world. Mark Hughes, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Take the leaf top, which is more a work of illusionary art than a going out top, crafted from an actual Alocasia Macrorrhiza leaf bonded with jersey. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2023 The scene jumps between them tearing Jackie's carcass apart and an illusionary shot of the girls dressed in togas, indulging in a gluttonous Greco-Roman feast. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 31 Mar. 2023 Firstly, in a task in which people had to compare the illusionary flicker against a wheel that was actually flickering at different frequencies, the most popular frequency perceived as matching the illusion was 9.1 Hz – i.e. a typical alpha waveone. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 21 Aug. 2013 This effect might be due to a transient illusionary intersensory perceptual congruency of visual, tactile and pruriceptive signals. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2016 Democrats criticized the bill, saying the exceptions are illusionary and the new law could chill businesses and keep young people and doctors from moving to or staying in the state. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of illusionary was in 1866

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“Illusionary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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