I want some example sentences using “deceivingly” to get a better understanding for the word.
"Deceivingly" as an adverb describes an adjective or a verb that deceives or tricks someone. "Deceivingly" can have two different meanings depending on the context. First, it can describe something that doesn't appear to have a certain quality, but it ends up having this quality, like in the context of the video here. Ex: The book was deceivingly long; it took a long time to read. "Deceivingly" in this sentence expresses that the book was long, but it didn't originally appear to be long. The second meaning of "deceivingly" refers to something that appears to have a specific quality but this doesn't end up being true because it turns out that it does not have this quality. This is the most common usage of the word "deceivingly". Ex: It was deceivingly warm outside because of the sun so I thought I didn't need a jacket. Ex: It is easy to overeat when you are hungry because portions look deceivingly small. Ex: The child has a deceivingly shy exterior but underneath, she is a handful.
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