Definition of illusory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈluːsəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈluːsəri//
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not real, although seeming to be an illusory sense of freedom Any power he may seem to have is purely illusory. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin illusorius, from Latin illus- ‘mocked’, from the verb illudere.
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