deceptive Definition

giving an appearance or impression different from the true one; misleading.

Using deceptive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "deceptive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company used deceptive advertising to sell their products.

  • Example

    The magician's deceptive tricks amazed the audience.

  • Example

    Her innocent face was deceptive, hiding her true intentions.

  • Example

    The painting's perspective was deceptive, making it appear larger than it actually was.

deceptive Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for deceptive

Phrases with deceptive

  • a chord progression that seems to lead to resolving on the tonic chord but does not


    The deceptive cadence in the song creates a sense of tension and surprise.

  • deceptive trade practices

    unfair or fraudulent business practices that mislead consumers


    The company was sued for using deceptive trade practices to increase their profits.

  • the illusion of moving slower or faster than the actual speed


    The winding road gave a deceptive speed, making drivers think they were driving slower than they actually were.


Summary: deceptive in Brief

The term 'deceptive' [dɪˈseptɪv] refers to something that is misleading or gives a false impression. It can be used to describe anything from advertising to magic tricks, as in 'The company used deceptive advertising to sell their products.' 'Deceptive' can also be used in phrases like 'deceptive trade practices,' which refers to unfair business practices that mislead consumers.