Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The power of deceiving; tendency or aptness to deceive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The power or habit of deceiving; tendency or aptness to deceive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the state or quality of being deceptive

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

  • noun the quality of being deceptive

Etymologies

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deceptive +‎ -ness

Examples

  • 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).

    Irish Odalisques and Other Seductive Figures: Thomas Moore

  • College mates of Taylor will recall the deceptiveness of this outward appearance.

    Jukes-Edwards A Study in Education and Heredity

  • The chief cause of his deceptiveness was the fabrication of circumstantial narrative, and the invention of exact numerical accounts.

    The History of Roman Literature From the earliest period to the death of Marcus Aurelius

  • 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).

    IPSC: trademark and the consumer

  • 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).

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • 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.

    A LITTLE ACCOUNTWITH SWITHIN HALL

  • 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.”

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • 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.

    Winston on Advertising Regs, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • There were material issues of fact on deceptiveness, materiality, and reliance.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • There were material issues of fact on deceptiveness, materiality, and reliance.

    Unclean hands, covered with cedar chips

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