adj formal
not real, but seeming real
the illusory benefits of the scheme[/ex]

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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

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