Origin of deceptiveFrench déceptif from Late Latin deceptivus: see deceive and -ive
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.
Deceiving or tending to deceive: a deceptive advertisement.
(comparative more deceptive, superlative most deceptive)
From Middle French déceptif
- He was good at deceptive conversation – too good.
- Damian knew better than to trust the deceptive appearance of this type of creature.
- The advantage to the fly of its deceptive resemblance to the bee is theoretically perfectly evident and practically can be demonstrated by experiment.
- Darkyn waited beside an open door, hands clasped behind his back in a deceptive display of ease.
- Damian and Eden were closer, his deceptive display of relaxed power causing the air to hum with even more magic.