UK [dɪˈseptɪv] / US adjective
1) something that is deceptive seems very different from the way it really is
appearances can be deceptive:

The hotel looked nice but appearances can be deceptive.

2) trying to trick someone by telling them something that is not true

new laws against misleading or deceptive advertising

Derived word:
noun uncountable

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  • deceptive — [dē sep′tiv, disep′tiv] adj. [Fr déceptif < LL deceptivus: see DECEIVE & IVE] deceiving or intended to deceive deceptively adv. deceptiveness n …   English World dictionary

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