- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)adj. imaginary, fancied, unreal. See deception.II(Roget's IV) modif.III(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.unreal, deceptive, imaginary, false, delusory, visionary, hallucinatory, fanciful, Illustrate—Immediatespurious, chimerical.ANT.: real, concrete, trueIV(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Of, relating to, or in the nature of an illusion; lacking reality: chimeric, chimerical, delusive, delusory, dreamlike, hallucinatory, illusive, phantasmagoric, phantasmal, phantasmic, visionary. See REAL. 2. Tending to lead one into error: deceptive, delusive, delusory, fallacious, illusive, misleading. See HONEST, REAL. 3. Tending to deceive; of the nature of an illusion: delusive, delusory, illusive. See REAL.
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illusory — il·lu·so·ry /i lü sə rē, zə rē/ adj: likely to mislead or deceive: false deceptive an illusory plea bargain leading to a longer sentence than expected Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 … Law dictionary
Illusory — Il*lu so*ry, a. [Cf. F. illusore.] Deceiving, or tending of deceive; fallacious; illusive; as, illusory promises or hopes. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
illusory — (adj.) 1590s, from Fr. illusorie, from L.L. illusorius ironical, of a mocking character, from illus , pp. stem of L. illudere mock at, lit. to play with, from assimilated form of in at, upon (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + ludere to play (see LUDICRO … Etymology dictionary
illusory — *apparent, seeming, ostensible Analogous words: chimerical, fanciful, visionary, imaginary, fantastic: delusory, delusive, *misleading, deceptive Antonyms: factual: matter of fact … New Dictionary of Synonyms
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, pseudo*,… … New thesaurus
illusory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ apparently real but not actually so; deceptive. DERIVATIVES illusorily adverb … English terms dictionary
illusory — [i lo͞o′sə rē, i lo͞o′zərē] adj. producing, based on, or having the nature of, illusion; deceptive; unreal; illusive illusorily adv. illusoriness n … English World dictionary
illusory — /al(y)uwsariy/°uwz°/ Deceiving by false appearances; nominal, as distinguished from substantial; fallacious; illusive. Bolles v. Toledo Trust Co., 144 Ohio St. 195, 58 N.E.2d 381, 390 @ illusory appointment Nominal, overly restrictive or… … Black's law dictionary
illusory — [[t]ɪlu͟ːzəri, səri[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe something as illusory, you mean that although it seems true or possible, it is in fact false or impossible. Universalists argue that freedom is illusory. ...the illusory nature of nationhood … English dictionary
illusory — elusive, illusory The confusion here has been greatly reduced by the virtual disappearance from the scene of the forms elusory and illusive. This leaves elusive as the adjective from elude, meaning ‘difficult to grasp (physically or mentally)’,… … Modern English usage
illusory — adjective Date: circa 1631 based on or producing illusion ; deceptive < illusory hopes > Synonyms: see apparent • illusorily adverb • illusoriness noun … New Collegiate Dictionary