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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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(dɪˈlu sɪv)

also de•lu•so•ry

(dɪˈlu sə ri)

1. tending to delude; misleading; deceptive.
2. of the nature of a delusion; false; unreal.
de•lu′sive•ly, adv.
de•lu′sive•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.delusive - inappropriate to reality or facts; "delusive faith in a wonder drug"; "delusive expectations"; "false hopes"
unrealistic - not realistic; "unrealistic expectations"; "prices at unrealistic high levels"
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1. Tending to deceive; of the nature of an illusion:
2. Tending to lead one into error:
3. Of, relating to, or in the nature of an illusion; lacking reality:
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[dɪˈluːsɪv] delusory [dɪˈluːsərɪ] ADJengañoso, ilusorio
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All that was most sugared and musical and generally delusive in the old library of her fathers had been brought out to this little woodland library, and to that nucleus of old leather-bound poets and romancers, long since dead, yet as alive and singing on their shelves as any bird on the sunny boughs outside, my young lady's private purse had added all that was most sugared and musical and generally delusive in the vellum bound Japanese-paper literature of our own luxurious day.
What remedy can there be for this situation, but in a change of the system which has produced it in a change of the fallacious and delusive system of quotas and requisitions?
However useful jealousy may be in republics, yet when like bile in the natural, it abounds too much in the body politic, the eyes of both become very liable to be deceived by the delusive appearances which that malady casts on surrounding objects.
The poor thing was finally got off, with several delusive assurances that his absence should be short: that Mr.
Under that delusive influence, he persuaded himself that he had acted, in the first instance, without due consideration.
The lights that glimmered palely across the harbor were the delusive beacons on some coast of fairyland.
Beholding it, Hester was constrained to rush towards the child -- to pursue the little elf in the flight which she invariably began -- to snatch her to her bosom with a close pressure and earnest kisses -- not so much from overflowing love as to assure herself that Pearl was flesh and blood, and not utterly delusive. But Pearl's laugh, when she was caught, though full of merriment and music, made her mother more doubtful than before.
Whether is it better, I ask, to be a slave in a fool's paradise at Marseilles--fevered with delusive bliss one hour- -suffocating with the bitterest tears of remorse and shame the next- -or to be a village-schoolmistress, free and honest, in a breezy mountain nook in the healthy heart of England?
Delusive hopes that lure the common herd With promises of ease, the heart's desire, In shadows, dreams, and smoke ye always end.
They had inscribed on my reason the conviction that unlawful pleasure, trenching on another's rights, is delusive and envenomed pleasure--its hollowness disappoints at the time, its poison cruelly tortures afterwards, its effects deprave for ever.
All the delusive hopes I had founded on his separation from his betrothed wife, I give to the winds.
The fresh winds blew away desponding doubts, delusive fancies, and moody mists.