De*cep"tive (?), a. [Cf. F. d'eceptif. See Deceive.]

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.


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