V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: based on illusion and not real

Synonyms: illusory, imaginary, deceptive, misleading, fallacious, false

Antonyms: real, existent

Tips: Illusive and illusory are related to the word illusion. Illusory means causing or being an illusion; unreal or deceptive. Note: do not confuse the word illusive with its homophone (similar sounding word) elusive, which is used to describe someone who is hard to catch or an idea that is hard to perceive or understand.

Usage Examples:

The gambler's hopes of winning big in Las Vegas proved illusive and elusive, so he went home nearly broke. (imaginary, unreal)

Jeff’s hopes of finding a higher-paying job proved illusive when the economy took a downturn. (false, fallacious)

Despite the journalist's efforts, the dream of winning a Pulitzer proved illusory. (imaginary, unreal)

The salesman used illusory promises to convince customers to buy his product. (misleading, deceptive)

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