mis·​com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ ˌmis-kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce miscommunication (audio) \

Definition of miscommunication

: failure to communicate clearly There was miscommunication between the reporter and her editors.

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Worst-case scenario -- a miscommunication during the walk-through could scuttle a sale or land a client in court. Ask Amy, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Mother lack boundaries in relationships and real estate," 5 Sep. 2019 The play was the most pivotal of the loss: Left-hander Matthew Boyd allowed five runs in the inning after the miscommunication. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers explain blooper-reel home run: 'We didn't communicate well'," 14 Aug. 2019 The administration lost valuable time due to miscommunication and infighting that delayed its pension-reform bill. Washington Post, "Why the Future of Brazil’s Economy Rides on Pensions," 2 May 2019 Nevin said firefighters have had issues with the Detroit water board before, and have seen miscommunication like the one that possibly exacerbated Thursday's fire. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Fire department: Hydrants near burning home were down, nobody told us," 16 Sep. 2019 After a bizarre start to his Newcastle career when miscommunication from the bench resulted in Willems playing in centre-midfield against Arsenal, the Dutchman has started to look comfortable at wing-back for the Magpies. SI.com, "Newcastle United: The XI That Should Start Against Liverpool," 13 Sep. 2019 Doing so will minimize miscommunications and avoid confusion about your upcoming plans. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 2, 2019: Happy birthday Keanu Reeves; Capricorn, time to try something new," 2 Sep. 2019 Add to that the rampant miscommunication and a lack of transparency. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indian restaurants have forced Zomato to change its recipe—and customers are left with a sour taste," 21 Aug. 2019 Avoid signing contracts in the early part of the week when clerical errors and miscommunications are a possibility. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 28, 2019: Libra, stay focused on long-term loyalties; Scorpio, loved-ones need space," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of miscommunication

1959, in the meaning defined above

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