- The definition of deceptive is something that is misleading or that is presenting a lie.
An advertisement that presents untrue facts about the product is an example of an ad that would be described as deceptive.
Origin: French déceptif ; from Late Latin deceptivus: see deceive and amp; -ive
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- de·cepˈtive·ness noun