De·cep·tive a. Tending to deceive; having power to mislead, or impress with false opinions; as, a deceptive countenance or appearance.
Language altogether deceptive, and hiding the deeper reality from our eyes. --Trench.
Deceptive cadence Mus., a cadence on the subdominant, or in some foreign key, postponing the final close.
adj 1: causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe
what is true; "deceptive calm"; "a delusory pleasure"
2: tending to deceive or mislead either deliberately or
inadvertently; "the deceptive calm in the eye of the
storm"; "deliberately deceptive packaging"; "a misleading
similarity"; "statistics can be presented in ways that are
misleading" [syn: misleading]