index deceptive, delusive, fallacious, fictitious, illusory, insubstantial, ostensible, specious, subtle (insidious), untrustworthy

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  • Illusive — Il*lu sive, a. [See {Illude}.] Deceiving by false show; deceitful; deceptive; false; illusory; unreal. [1913 Webster] Truth from illusive falsehood to command. Thomson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • illusive — (adj.) deceptive, illusory, formed in English 1670s, from stem of ILLUSION (Cf. illusion) + IVE (Cf. ive); Cf. also ILLUSORY (Cf. illusory) …   Etymology dictionary

  • illusive — illusive, illusory see elusive …   Modern English usage

  • illusive — [i lo͞o′siv] adj. illusory; unreal illusively adv. illusiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • illusive — adjective Subject to or pertaining to an illusion, often used in the sense of an unrealistic expectation or an unreachable goal or outcome. Testing software completely is an illusive goal. Syn: illusory …   Wiktionary

  • illusive — illusory / illusive [adj] deceptive, false apparent, blue sky*, chimerical, deceitful, delusive, delusory, fake, fallacious, fanciful, fantastic, fictional, fictitious, fictive, hallucinatory, ideal, imaginary, misleading, mistaken, ostensible,… …   New thesaurus

  • illusive — adjective Date: 1606 illusory • illusively adverb • illusiveness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • illusive — illusively, adv. illusiveness, n. /i looh siv/, adj. illusory. [1670 80; ILLUS(ORY) + IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • illusive — Synonyms and related words: Barmecidal, Barmecide, Circean, airy, apparent, apparently sound, apparitional, autistic, beguiling, bewitching, casuistic, catchy, charming, chimeric, colorable, deceiving, deceptive, delusional, delusionary, delusive …   Moby Thesaurus

  • illusive — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Of, relating to, or in the nature of an illusion; lacking reality: chimeric, chimerical, delusive, delusory, dreamlike, hallucinatory, illusory, phantasmagoric, phantasmal, phantasmic, visionary. See REAL. 2.… …   English dictionary for students

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