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Some friend told me the word "deceitful" usually has a negative connotation.

Assume Alice's grammar is bad. Her teacher tells that her grammar is good to encourage her. Provided Alice's bad grammar is a fact, Her teacher tells a lie. Although the lie is to encourage Alice and hurts nobody.

Could I say the following?

The teacher is being deceitful to encourage her students.

where "deceitful" is being used as a positive word.

which means lots of adjectives that have negative connotations could be used as positive words.

Could someone please give a hint about the rules/conventions of it? Thanks in advance.

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Well, it could hurt her, by making her assume that her grammar is good enough, so that she feels that she does not need to practice / work on it, and thus she will not improve.

Nevertheless, I would not use deceitful in this case, as the teacher was trying to encourage her. Similar for when you are trying not to discourage someone, or not hurt someone's feelings.

I would say the teacher "told a little white lie" or "sugar-coated the truth"

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