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.

Examples of miscommunication in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then the junior quarterback, making his first start since 2018, had a miscommunication on a route with Nailor that led to his first interception early in the second quarter. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football crumbles in opener because Rutgers 'wanted it more'," 25 Oct. 2020 It’s now Lue’s job to eliminate such miscommunication, a message that will be filtered at times to players through his assistants. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Chauncey Billups is in perfect spot to help Tyronn Lue coach the Clippers," 10 Nov. 2020 Though rumors flew about Pennsylvania, among other states, stopping its vote counting, the claim can be chalked up to a miscommunication. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Democrat-led states did not stop counting votes to avoid Trump victory," 5 Nov. 2020 Can their relationship survive repeated rounds of miscommunication and misunderstanding? oregonlive, "17 books to check out during the 2020 Portland Book Festival," 3 Nov. 2020 Quarterback Rocky Lombardi, meanwhile, had a miscommunication with receiver Jalen Nailor that led to an interception and threw a second pick late in the fourth quarter. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: What we learned at Minnesota; what to watch vs. Michigan State," 25 Oct. 2020 Eventually, after a miscommunication on a third-and-4 attempt near the red zone forced Auburn to settle for a field goal and a 19-14 lead, frustrations boiled over for the two on the sideline. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Frustrations boil over as Bo Nix, receivers can’t get on same page," 18 Oct. 2020 On the fourth play of the Bearcats’ first drive against USF, Ridder had a miscommunication with running back Charles McClelland. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Where UC Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder stands after the first month of the season," 4 Oct. 2020 Dantzler, who had a miscommunication with fill-in safety George Iloka on Watson’s first 24-yard touchdown pass, otherwise allowed two catches for 21 yards on four targets, per Pro Football Focus. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Vikings' rookie cornerbacks face another test in Seattle," 6 Oct. 2020

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Miscommunication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscommunication. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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