mis·com·mu·ni·ca·tion | \ˌmis-kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of miscommunication 

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

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More: Francona: Indians' bullpen phone miscommunication leaves Joey Votto facing wrong reliever The result was a game-winning three-run double by left-handed hitting Joey Votto off Otero. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Lucky? Good? These Cincinnati Reds are probably both.," 11 July 2018 Lines of management and control over the project continue to be 'fuzzy,' leading to miscommunication and incomplete or misleading information on the status and pace of the phases of the project, his report to council said. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County's much delayed IT project is at a 'tipping point' that could raise costs and cause more delays, consultant says," 26 Apr. 2018 Listening might also be helpful in diagnosing a miscommunication if the business gets something wrong. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talking to Google Duplex: Google’s human-like phone AI feels revolutionary," 27 June 2018 Tampa scored three runs in the second with three straight singles to start the frame and a miscommunication in the outfield causing most of the problems for Hernandez. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Felix Hernandez only lasts three innings in Mariners’ loss to Tampa Bay," 10 June 2018 Rom-coms, action movies, anything where there's a villain or danger or even a miscommunication that causes tension between two people for more than a single scene. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "And that’s exactly what it should be.," 7 June 2018 One of Braintree’s best chances at breaking through came in the second set after a strong hit from senior Ziv Yu and a miscommunication from the South defense off the next serve handed the Wamps (11-10) a 19-18 lead. Josh Schafer, BostonGlobe.com, "For openers, Newton South boys’ volleyball sweeps Braintree," 1 June 2018 The Diamondbacks requested that McHugh sign the cart on Sunday morning, but a miscommunication from the club prevented it from happening. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Collin McHugh becomes first pitcher to ride Diamondbacks’ bullpen cart," 6 May 2018 On Thursday, July 26, Mercury retrogrades in Leo, and miscommunications will be inevitable. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What July's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 29 June 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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