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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) :
deceptive 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