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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The federal judge said that even in some cases where community-bases services are supposed to be available, that availability is illusory. Washington Post, "Federal judge intervenes in Mississippi mental health system," 4 Sep. 2019 But the 1950s recreational dream was illusory; by the 1970s, rising water levels, increasing salinity (the lake has no drainage outlet), and agricultural runoff began to spell doom for the holiday destination. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Seeking silence on a California road trip," 6 Aug. 2019 Still outstanding are a two-year bonding plan to determine which state and local capital projects receive funding and a vote on highway tolls that has become more and more illusory as time wears on. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Himes vs. Mueller; Hartford Democrats back Bronin," 26 July 2019 In other words, the movie becomes a clever commentary on the illusory power of the moving image, the myriad ways in which cutting-edge technology can fool the eye and mind. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ often soars, though not as much as it twists," 3 July 2019 Critics of monitors contend that their public-safety appeal is illusory: If defendants are intent on harming someone or skipping town, the bracelet, which can be easily removed with a pair of scissors, would not stop them. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "Digital Jail: How Electronic Monitoring Drives Defendants Into Debt," 3 July 2019 Rick Paul’s set of a silhouetted Manhattan skyline captures the austerity of the Depression, while providing the canvas for the illusory sparkle and splash of the show’s many production numbers. nola.com, "Summer Lyric presents tap-happy love song to Broadway with ‘42nd Street’," 19 June 2019 Patterns can be illusory and the new rules based on them premature. Joseph Reagle, Quartzy, "The psychology of self-tracking," 16 June 2019 In that case, the 3-D world is illusory in the sense that different parts of it aren’t all that independent. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Find a Way to See the ‘Grin’ of Quantum Gravity," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of illusory

circa 1631, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of illusory was circa 1631

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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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