Definition of Illusory

1. Adjective. Based on or having the nature of an illusion. "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"

Exact synonyms: Illusive
Similar to: Unreal
Derivative terms: Illusion



Definition of Illusory

1. a. Deceiving, or tending of deceive; fallacious; illusive; as, illusory promises or hopes.

Definition of Illusory

1. Adjective. Resulting from an illusion; deceptive, imaginary, unreal ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Illusory

1. based on illusion [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Illusory

illusionisms
illusionist
illusionistic
illusionistically
illusionists
illusionless
illusionlike
illusions
illusive
illusively
illusiveness
illusivenesses
illusorily
illusoriness
illusorinesses
illusory (current term)
illuster
illustrable
illustrate
illustrated
illustrates
illustrating
illustration
illustrational
illustrations
illustrative
illustratively
illustrator
illustrators
illustratory

Literary usage of Illusory

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1. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (1901)
"For truth or illusory appearance does not reside in the object, ... Hence truth and error, consequently, also, illusory appearance as the cause of error, ..."

2. A Digest of the Laws of England by John Comyns, Anthony Hammond, Thomas Day (1826)
"Though at law, there is no execution that is illusory. ... In equity, an appointment of a very small share is not illusory, if justified by circumstances ..."

3. Principles of Contract: Being a Treatise on the General Principles by Frederick Pollock, Franklin Strawn Dickson (1888)
"Another somewhat curious case of an illusory promise (though mixed up to some extent with other doctrines, is Moorhouse v. Calvin (r). ..."

4. A Handbook of Psychology by John Clark Murray (1890)
"It will at least be found convenient to describe as illusory all those mental ... illusory cognitions may be distinguished according to the sources from ..."

5. Conditional and Future Interests and Illegal Conditions and Restraints in by Albert Martin Kales (1905)
"illusory appointments: The recent Illinois case of Hawthorn v. Ulrich,60 has swept away the whole doctrine of illusory appointments for this state. ..."

6. Principles of Contract at Law and in Equity: Being a Treatise on the General by Frederick Pollock (1881)
"... (assuming that it will be made in good faith and not illusory) as that of a reasonable man " ("). Another somewhat curious case of an illusory promise ..."

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