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- n. the state or quality of being deceptive
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The power or habit of deceiving; tendency or aptness to deceive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The power of deceiving; tendency or aptness to deceive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being deceptive
The veil's deceptiveness is most clearly demonstrated in the final scene of the tale when Zelica dons the Prophet's veil, after he has poisoned his followers and killed himself in a vat of acid (which he hopes will dissolve his deformed face and preserve his legend).
College mates of Taylor will recall the deceptiveness of this outward appearance.
The chief cause of his deceptiveness was the fabrication of circumstantial narrative, and the invention of exact numerical accounts.
Grief, in his early youth, had learned how deceptive this type could prove, as well as the deceptiveness of blue eyes that screened the surface with fun and hid what went on behind.
The opinion identified three ways of proving deceptiveness under (a) (1) (B): survey evidence, evidence of actual confusion, and “argument based on an inference arising from a judicial comparison of the claims and the context of their use in the marketplace.”
There were material issues of fact on deceptiveness, materiality, and reliance.
More TM analogies: People still get name changes rejected on deceptiveness grounds (Chief rejected as deceptive indicator of authority; names of other people adopted for misleading others into a belief in relationship or identity with a famous person — Peter Lorry) and scandalousness (Fuck Censorship).
I think that you would have a much better argument justifying regulation if you argued that this merely shows that consumers are extremely slow to react to the effects of regulation on advertising, or poor judges of changes in the deceptiveness of advertising.
Reagan himself is heard warning about the deceptiveness of image-makers, especially those who work for presidents.
What LaBute is writing about is the elusiveness of truth and the deceptiveness of appearances.