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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 quite big.Dishonest
deceptively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
The plan seemed deceptively simple (= it seemed simple but was not in fact).Dishonest
deceptiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Lies, lying and hypocrisyDishonest people
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