deceptive deceptive  /dɪs ˈɛp tɪv/


  1. (adj) causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true
  2. (adj) designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently



  1. Some of it is negative and even deceptive, and a lot of it is paid for by huge, unregulated contributions from special interests.
  2. The simplicity of his lyrics is truly deceptive.
  3. One is based on deceptive advertising, the other on aggressive marketing to children.


  1. Colum McCann - An Irishman in New York and a bona fide literary star

    In 'TransAtlantic' (Random House), the National Book Award-winning novelist Colum McCann crisscrosses the ocean that separates his New York home from his Irish homeland with deceptive ease, delivering the most engagingly beautiful novel of his career, a work that spans 150 years and two continents in a literary high wire act that surpasses even his last celebrated novel 'Let the Great World Spin.'
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Irish Central

  2. Carson's projected $2 million budget deficit not as bad as it sounds, officials say

    Carson's $2 million projected budget deficit for next fiscal year is deceptive, city officials say, because it actually means the city has had a good year.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Daily Breeze

  3. Report: European Commission to investigate Android licensing

    Having just reached a legally-binding settlement with the European Commission in an anti-trust investigation over its deceptive use of paid ads appearing as search results indistinguishable from independent results and its anti-competitive blocking of other services on sites that use AdSense, the company now faces a new investigation over its Android licensing deals. Claims from rivals such as ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: MacNN


  1. "Unfair and deceptive acts and practices hurt not just borrowers and their families, but entire communities, and indeed, the economy as a whole. They have no place in our mortgage system," Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said.
    on Dec 15, 2007 By: Ben Bernanke Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. "As awareness of Iran's deceptive behavior has grown, many banks around the world have decided as a matter of prudence and integrity that Iran's business is simply not worth the risk," Paulson said. "Reputable institutions do not want to be...
    on Oct 25, 2007 By: Henry Paulson Source: Bloomberg

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