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Definition of deceptive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1likely to make you believe something that is not true synonym misleading
  2. 2 a deceptive advertisement Appearances can often be deceptive (= things are not always what they seem to be). the deceptive simplicity of her writing style (= it seems simple but is not really)
  3. Word Familydeceive verbdeceit noundeceitful adjectivedeception noundeceptive adjective
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adverb a deceptively simple idea
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: deceptive