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Webster 1913 Edition


Deceptive

De-cep′tive

,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
déceptif
. See
Deceive
.]
Tending to deceive; having power to mislead, or impress with false opinions;
as, a
deceptive
countenance or appearance
.
Language altogether
deceptive
, and hiding the deeper reality from our eyes.
Trench.
Deceptive cadence
(Mus.)
,
a cadence on the subdominant, or in some foreign key, postponing the final close.

Webster 1828 Edition


Deceptive

DECEP'TIVE

,
Adj.
Tending to deceive; having power to mislead, or impress false opinions; as a deceptive countenance or appearance.
DECEP'TORY, a. Tending to deceive; containing qualities or means adapted to mislead.
DECERPT, a. Cropped.
DECERP'TION, n. [L. to pluck off.] A pulling or plucking off; a cropping.
DECERTA'TION, n. [L. To strive.] Strife; contest for mastery.
DECES'SION, n. [L. to pass.] Departure.
DECH'ARM, v.t. To remove a spell or enchantment; to disenchant.
DECH'ARMED, pp. Disenchanted.
DECH'ARMING, ppr. Removing a spell.
DECHRIS'TIANIZE, v.t. To turn from christianity; to banish christian belief and principles from.
DECI'DABLE, a. That may be decided.

Definition 2021


deceptive

deceptive

See also: déceptive

English

Adjective

deceptive (comparative more deceptive, superlative most deceptive)

  1. Misleading, likely or attempting to deceive.
    deceptive advertising
    deceptive practices
    • Trench
      language altogether deceptive, and hiding the deeper reality from our eyes

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