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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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