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Related to illusoriness: illusional, illusorily
Produced by, based on, or having the nature of an illusion; deceptive: an illusory belief that their finances would improve.
producing, produced by, or based on illusion; deceptive or unreal
ilˈlusorily, ilˈlusively adv
ilˈlusoriness, ilˈlusiveness n
Usage: Illusive is sometimes wrongly used where elusive is meant: they fought hard, but victory remained elusive (not illusive)
il•lu•so•ry(ɪˈlu sə ri, -zə-)
1. causing illusion; deceptive; misleading.
2. like an illusion; unreal.
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|Adj.||1.||illusory - based on or having the nature of an illusion; "illusive hopes of finding a better job"; "Secret activities offer presidents the alluring but often illusory promise that they can achieve foreign policy goals without the bothersome debate and open decision that are staples of democracy"|
unreal - lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria; "ghosts and other unreal entities"; "unreal propaganda serving as news"
1. Of, relating to, or in the nature of an illusion; lacking reality: