(De*cen`tral*i*za"tion) n. The action of decentralizing, or the state of being decentralized.
"The decentralization of France." J. P. Peters.
(De*cen"tral*ize) v. t. To prevent from centralizing; to cause to withdraw from the center
or place of concentration; to divide and distribute (what has been united or concentrated); esp. said of
authority, or the administration of public affairs.
(De*cep"ti*ble) a. Capable of being deceived; deceivable. Sir T. Browne. De*cep`ti*bil"i*ty
(De*cep"tion) n. [F. déception, L. deceptio, fr. decipere, deceptum. See Deceive.]
1. The act of deceiving or misleading. South.
2. The state of being deceived or misled.
There is one thing relating either to the action or enjoyments of man in which he is not liable to deception.South.
3. That which deceives or is intended to deceive; false representation; artifice; cheat; fraud.
There was of course room for vast deception.Motley.
Syn. Deception, Deceit, Fraud, Imposition. Deception usually refers to the act, and deceit to
the habit of the mind; hence we speak of a person as skilled in deception and addicted to deceit. The
practice of deceit springs altogether from design, and that of the worst kind; but a deception does not
always imply aim and intention. It may be undesigned or accidental. An imposition is an act of deception
practiced upon some one to his annoyance or injury; a fraud implies the use of stratagem, with a view to
some unlawful gain or advantage.
(De*cep"tious) a. [LL. deceptiosus.] Tending deceive; delusive. [R.]
As if those organs had deceptious functions.Shak.
(De*cep"tive) a. [Cf. F. déceptif. See Deceive.] Tending to deceive; having power to mislead,
or impress with false opinions; as, a deceptive countenance or appearance.
Language altogether deceptive, and hiding the deeper reality from our eyes.Trench. Deceptive cadence (Mus.), a cadence on the subdominant, or in some foreign key, postponing the
(De*cep"tive*ly), adv. In a manner to deceive.
(De*cep"tive*ness), n. The power or habit of deceiving; tendency or aptness to deceive.
(De`cep*tiv"i*ty) n. Deceptiveness; a deception; a sham. [R.] Carlyle.
(De*cep"to*ry) a. [L. deceptorius, from decipere.] Deceptive. [R.]
(De*cern") v. t. [L. decernere. See Decree.]
1. To perceive, discern, or decide. [Obs.] Granmer.
2. (Scots Law) To decree; to adjudge.
(De*cern"i*ture) n. (Scots Law) A decree or sentence of a court. Stormonth.