from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Deceptive or tending to deceive.

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  • adj. misleading, likely or attempting to deceive

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to deceive; having power to mislead, or impress with false opinions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to deceive; apt or having power to mislead or impress false opinions: as, a deceptive countenance or appearance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently
  • adj. causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true


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