AskDefine | Define illusory

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illusory adj : based on or having the nature of an illusion; "illusive hopes of of finding a better job"; "Secret activities offer presidents the alluring but often illusory promise that they can achieve foreign policy goals without the bothersome debate and open decision that are staples of democracy" [syn: illusive]

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(US) IPA: /ɪˈluːzəri/


  1. Resulting from an illusion; deceptive, imaginary, unreal
    Enron's profits were all illusory.


  • French: illusoire
  • German: illusorisch
  • Greek: απατηλός
  • Italian: illusorio
  • Latin: illusorius
  • Portuguese: ilusório
  • Romanian: iluzoriu
  • Spanish: ilusorio

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