Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “deceptive”

See all translations

deceptive

adjective uk   /dɪˈsep.tɪv/ us  
C2 making you believe something that is not true: It's deceptive - from the outside the building looks small, but inside it's very big.
deceptively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
The plan seemed deceptively simple (= it seemed simple but was not).
deceptiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Translations of “deceptive”
in Korean 속이는…
in Arabic خادِع…
in Portuguese ilusório, enganoso…
in Catalan enganyós…
in Japanese 人を惑わせる…
in Italian ingannevole…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有欺騙成分的,騙人的, 造成假像的…
in Russian обманный…
in Turkish kandıran, aldatıcı, hilekâr…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有欺骗性的,骗人的, 造成假象的…
in Polish zwodniczy…
(Definition of deceptive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of deceptive?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “deceptive” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

white Christmas

a Christmas when it snows

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More