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1. Tending to delude.
2. Having the nature of a delusion; false: a delusive faith in a wonder drug.

de·lu′sive·ly adv.
de·lu′sive·ness n.
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Adv.1.delusively - in a deceptive and unrealistic manner; "the village looked delusively near"
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When a lady, in a delicate and costly summer garb, with a floating veil and gracefully swaying gown, and, altogether, an ethereal lightness that made you look at her beautifully slippered feet, to see whether she trod on the dust or floated in the air,--when such a vision happened to pass through this retired street, leaving it tenderly and delusively fragrant with her passage, as if a bouquet of tea-roses had been borne along, --then again, it is to be feared, old Hepzibah's scowl could no longer vindicate itself entirely on the plea of near-sightedness.
Surprisingly, Riyadh, which has a long record in spreading of terrorism, violence and aggression, is shamelessly and delusively setting conditions for Iran's active presence in the international community," he said.
It is in this context of delusively proliferated and innumerable narratives and conceptual patterns, I would like to understand Patel as a symbol of expressed democratic practices and the motif of several unexpressed and unarticulated democratic ideals.
When she eventually obtains the much longed-for status of second wife, she delusively "believe[s] herself happy" (207): "this was the way it should be, and she was pleased to finally detect a recognizable path in her life" (207).