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



BrE BrE//dɪˈseptɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈseptɪv//
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likely to make you believe something that is not true synonym misleading 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) The firm was found guilty of publishing a misleading and deceptive advertisement. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Old French deceptif, -ive or late Latin deceptivus, from decept- ‘deceived’, from decipere ‘to deceive’.Word Familydeceive verbdeceit noundeceitful adjectivedeception noundeceptive adjective
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