Definitions for illusoryɪˈlu sə ri, -zə-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
il•lu•so•ryɪˈlu sə ri, -zə-(adj.)
causing illusion; deceptive; misleading.
like an illusion; unreal.
Origin of illusory:
1590–1600; < LL illūsōrius=illūd(ere) to mock, ridicule (see illusion ) +-tōrius -tory1
based on or having the nature of an illusion
"illusive hopes 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"
Resulting from an illusion; deceptive, imaginary, unreal
Enron's profits were all illusory.
deceiving, or tending of deceive; fallacious; illusive; as, illusory promises or hopes