illusory

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adjective il·lu·so·ry \i-ˈlüs-rē, -ˈlüz-; -ˈlü-sə-, -zə-\

Definition of illusory

  1. :  based on or producing illusion :  deceptive illusory hopes

illusorily

play \i-ˈlüs-rə-lē, -ˈlüz-; -ˈlü-sə-, -zə-\ adverb

illusoriness

play \i-ˈlüs-rē-nəs, -ˈlüz-; -ˈlü-sə-, -zə-\ noun

Examples of illusory in a sentence

  1. an illusory sense of security

Circa 1631

First Known Use of illusory

circa 1631

Synonym Discussion of illusory

apparent, illusory, seeming, ostensible mean not actually being what appearance indicates. apparent suggests appearance to unaided senses that may or may not be borne out by more rigorous examination or greater knowledge the apparent cause of the accident. illusory implies a false impression based on deceptive resemblance or faulty observation, or influenced by emotions that prevent a clear view an illusory sense of security. seeming implies a character in the thing observed that gives it the appearance, sometimes through intent, of something else the seeming simplicity of the story. ostensible suggests a discrepancy between an openly declared or naturally implied aim or reason and the true one the ostensible reason for their visit.

ILLUSORY Defined for English Language Learners

illusory

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adjective il·lu·so·ry \i-ˈlüs-rē, -ˈlüz-; -ˈlü-sə-, -zə-\

Definition of illusory for English Language Learners

  • : based on something that is not true or real : based on an illusion


ILLUSORY Defined for Kids

illusory

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adjective il·lu·so·ry \i-ˈlü-sə-rē\

Definition of illusory for Students

  1. :  based on something that is not true or real an illusory hope


Medical Dictionary

illusory

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adjective il·lu·so·ry \il-ˈüs-(ə-)rē, -ˈüz-\

Medical Definition of illusory

  1. :  based on or producing illusion :  being deceptive the search for the ultimate cure-all for a hangover has proved illusory—M. L. Herndon


Law Dictionary

illusory

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adjective il·lu·so·ry \i-ˈlü-sə-rē, -zə-rē\

Legal Definition of illusory

  1. :  likely to mislead or deceive :  false, deceptive an illusory plea bargain leading to a longer sentence than expected


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