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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The Denny re-stripe was announced and then postponed a year ago, due to miscommunication between transportation staff and utility staff. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Bus lane carved out of busy Denny Way eastbound in South Lake Union," 28 Aug. 2018 Apologize to her for your role in this miscommunication, and urge her to move forward from this unfortunate episode. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "It's a snowball fight, not 'The Untouchables'," 9 Apr. 2018 Apologize to her for your role in this miscommunication, and urge her to move forward from this unfortunate episode. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s a snowball fight, not ‘The Untouchables’," 8 Apr. 2018 But Ralph Whalen, Matte's attorney, said Thursday that his client did not violate probation and that the arrest last week was due to miscommunication between the judge and probation officers over the home-incarceration clause of her sentence. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Olivia Matte released from jail after mixup, attorney says," 3 May 2018 Such a shift could be an attempt to avoid a miscommunication that roils markets, but also might create more uncertainty for investors. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Minutes Signal December Rate Increase Likely, But Less Certain Path Next Year," 29 Nov. 2018 And there seemed to be some miscommunication on a third down Wilson run that came up far short. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Stock Watch: Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks in their 21-7 win over the Vikings," 10 Dec. 2018 Hundreds of nuclear weapons are ready to be released within minutes, a troubling fact considering that the biggest threat of nuclear war may be an accident or miscommunication. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "10 ways the world is most likely to end, explained by scientists," 18 Oct. 2018 Apparently there had been some miscommunication with the young men. Andy Ngo, WSJ, "A Visit to Islamic England," 29 Aug. 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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