illusory

adjective
il·​lu·​so·​ry | \ i-ˈlüs-rē How to pronounce illusory (audio) , -ˈlüz-; -ˈlü-sə-, -zə-\

Definition of illusory

: based on or producing illusion : deceptive illusory hopes

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Other Words from illusory

illusorily \ i-​ˈlüs-​rə-​lē How to pronounce illusorily (audio) , -​ˈlüz-​ ; -​ˈlü-​sə-​ , -​zə-​ \ adverb
illusoriness \ i-​ˈlüs-​rē-​nəs How to pronounce illusoriness (audio) , -​ˈlüz-​ ; -​ˈlü-​sə-​ , -​zə-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of illusory in a Sentence

an illusory sense of security

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Finally, Democrats should acknowledge that it’s vital for the U.S. to pursue real trade agreements, rather than Mr. Trump’s often-illusory trade deals. Ed Gerwin, WSJ, "Trump’s Tariffs Give Democrats a Chance to Lead on Trade," 21 Oct. 2018 Liberals are griping that these estimates overlook what would be a decline in overall health spending, but Mr. Blahous goes out of his way to credit savings that would probably be illusory such as lower drug costs. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Price of BernieCare," 11 Oct. 2018 But the first areas to come in aren’t necessarily representative — in general, for example, large urban areas will count votes more slowly, which could present an illusory Republican lead. Dara Lind, Vox, "America’s love-hate relationship with the New York Times election needle, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 But my relationship with Ralph, however illusory, is just another fringe on the suede jacket of life. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Celebrating Ralph Lauren’s Legacy at the Iconic Double RL Ranch in Colorado," 10 Oct. 2018 Oliveros called the goal admirable but illusory so long as the government continues to print money to finance runaway spending and hike wages. Fox News, "Venezuela hikes wages ahead of monetary overhaul," 17 Aug. 2018 The delineation between user and dealer is inexact and often illusory. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 However illusory, however briefly, the weak can topple the strong, and the great chasms of the world seem to shrink. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018 But some scientists have argued that the potential physical benefits from intense training will be illusory if people do not complete the workouts. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Hate High-Intensity Exercise? Try It. You Might Like It.," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of illusory

circa 1631, in the meaning defined above

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illusory

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of illusory

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

illusory

adjective
il·​lu·​so·​ry | \ i-ˈlü-sə-rē How to pronounce illusory (audio) \

Kids Definition of illusory

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

illusory

adjective
il·​lu·​so·​ry | \ il-ˈüs-(ə-)rē How to pronounce illusory (audio) , -ˈüz- How to pronounce illusory (audio) \

Medical Definition of illusory

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

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illusory

adjective
il·​lu·​so·​ry | \ i-ˈlü-sə-rē, -zə-rē How to pronounce illusory (audio) \

Legal Definition of illusory

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

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