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3 definitions found
 for deceptive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deceptive \De*cep"tive\, a. [Cf. F. d['e]ceptif. See Deceive.]
     Tending to deceive; having power to mislead, or impress with
     false opinions; as, a deceptive countenance or appearance.
     [1913 Webster]
           Language altogether deceptive, and hiding the deeper
           reality from our eyes.                   --Trench.
     [1913 Webster]
     Deceptive cadence (Mus.), a cadence on the subdominant, or
        in some foreign key, postponing the final close.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: causing one to believe what is not true or fail to
             believe what is true; "deceptive calm"; "a delusory
             pleasure" [syn: deceptive, delusory]
      2: designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or
         inadvertently; "the deceptive calm in the eye of the storm";
         "deliberately deceptive packaging"; "a misleading
         similarity"; "statistics can be presented in ways that are
         misleading"; "shoddy business practices" [syn: deceptive,
         misleading, shoddy]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  120 Moby Thesaurus words for "deceptive":
     Barmecidal, Barmecide, aberrant, abroad, adrift, airy, all abroad,
     all off, all wrong, amiss, apparent, apparently sound,
     apparitional, askew, astray, at fault, autistic, awry, beguiling,
     beside the mark, bogus, casuistic, catchy, chimeric, colorable,
     corrupt, counterfeit, deceitful, deceiving, defective, deluding,
     delusional, delusionary, delusive, delusory, dereistic, deviant,
     deviational, deviative, dishonest, disingenuous, distorted,
     dreamlike, dreamy, dubious, elusive, empty, errant, erring,
     erroneous, evasive, fake, fallacious, false, fantastic, faultful,
     faulty, fishy, flawed, fraudulent, hallucinatory, heretical,
     heterodox, hollow, illogical, illusional, illusionary, illusive,
     illusory, imaginary, insincere, jesuitic, misleading, not right,
     not true, off, off the track, ostensible, out, overrefined,
     oversubtle, peccant, perverse, perverted, phantasmagoric,
     phantasmal, phantom, philosophistic, plausible, pseudo,
     questionable, seeming, self-contradictory, self-deceptive,
     self-deluding, shifty, slippery, sophistic, sophistical, specious,
     spectral, spurious, straying, supposititious, trickish, tricksy,
     tricky, unactual, unfactual, unfounded, unorthodox, unproved,
     unreal, unreliable, unsubstantial, untrue, untruthful, visionary,
     wide, wrong