deceptively


deceptively

adjective

  1. apt or tending to deceive: The enemy’s peaceful overtures may be deceptive.
  2. perceptually misleading: It looks like a curved line, but it’s deceptive.

adjective

  1. likely or designed to deceive; misleadingappearances can be deceptive
  2. music (of a cadence) another word for interrupted (def. 3)
adj.

1610s, from French deceptif (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin deceptivus, from decept-, past participle stem of Latin decipere (see deceive). Earlier in this sense was deceptious (c.1600), from French deceptieux, from Medieval Latin deceptiosus, from deceptionem. Related: Deceptively; deceptiveness.

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