misconceive

verb mis·con·ceive \ ˌmis-kən-ˈsēv \

Definition of misconceive

misconceived; misconceiving
transitive + intransitive
1 T : to form a wrong idea of (something) : misunderstand
  • To think about poverty as mainly an underclass or minority issue is not only to misconceive it, but also to wall it off and make it alien.
  • —Mark Jonathan Harris
  • … I thought I had misconceived their true characters …
  • —Herman Melville
2 I dated : to hold a wrong idea or conception

misconceiver

noun, plural misconceivers

First Known Use of misconceive

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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