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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Apparently there had been some miscommunication with the young men. Andy Ngo, WSJ, "A Visit to Islamic England," 29 Aug. 2018 The central theme surrounding this season's Mercury retrograde is miscommunication. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your 2018 Guide to Surviving Mercury Retrograde," 26 July 2018 On Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk, the two spoke about the rift and what caused the miscommunication. Niki Mcgloster, Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Jada Pinkett Smith and Gabrielle Union Dish On Their 17-Year Silent Feud," 29 May 2018 In the company’s rush to issue a report on the breach, and because of a miscommunication between the engineering and incident response teams, Timehop did not initially report that hackers had taken dates of birth. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Timehop breach: U.S. company navigates Europe's new data privacy rules," 11 July 2018 Many are concerned that miscommunication between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump may stymy diplomatic talks. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Russians in Houston have diverse views on international affairs," 8 July 2018 Pathology tests found cancer, but because of a miscommunication, the results were not shared with the couple until the aggressive cancer had progressed, dramatically reducing his chance of survival. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "With a documentary on medical errors, a son carries on his physician father's legacy," 1 May 2018 In one case, a 10-month-old French bulldog died after his container was put in an overhead bin of the passenger cabin after a miscommunication between the owner and a flight attendant. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Flying with a pet? Airline group creates program to ensure safety of traveling animals," 5 Apr. 2018 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

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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