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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But there was some miscommunication with the receivers at times, and Purdy had several balls dropped, a couple of which would have gone for big plays, if not touchdowns. Richard Obert, azcentral, "What we learned from Week 1 in Arizona high school football," 24 Aug. 2019 An ombudsman is a Realtor volunteer who helps clear up any miscommunication between the parties and discusses options available to the complainant. Shannon Cobb Evans, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: What to do if you must file complaint in real estate," 11 Aug. 2019 The change also would reduce the chance for miscommunication, according to Neibert. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Eustis touts $248K savings from proposed switch to Lake Sheriff’s Office for police dispatching," 15 Aug. 2019 At the very least, there seems to have been a miscommunication between USATF and NBC. oregonlive.com, "NBC broadcast went dark just as Dalilah Muhammad was about to set a world record: Oregon track & field rundown," 29 July 2019 Many people, like Itkin, are skeptical that the upcoming summit on June 16 between Trump and Putin will be productive in solving the miscommunication between the two countries. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Russians in Houston have diverse views on international affairs," 8 July 2018 In short, the body and the brain have significant bouts of miscommunication. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Graham Harrell, the Air Raid and Clay Helton's All-in Gamble to Turn Around USC," 1 Aug. 2019 League sources in Las Vegas believe the trouble can be traced to a miscommunication between Morris and his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "With Morris still in limbo, Gay and Carroll glad to ink Spurs deals," 11 July 2019 Attorneys concluded their arguments Monday, with the plaintiff’s side describing an elaborate betrayal and the defense chalking it up to miscommunication. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Jurors begin deliberation in Thomas Keller pregnancy discrimination trial," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of miscommunication

1959, in the meaning defined above

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