mis·​guid·​ed | \ (ˌ)mis-ˈgī-dəd \

Definition of misguided

: led or prompted by wrong or inappropriate motives or ideals well-meaning but misguided do-gooders

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Other Words from misguided

misguidedly \ -​lē \ adverb
misguidedness \ -​nəs \ noun

Examples of misguided in a Sentence

She's been getting a lot of bad advice from misguided friends. He blames the crisis on the government's misguided economic policies. a misguided attempt to help
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We’ve been tempted to zero in on a few bad apples, but that approach is misguided. Esther Perel, Glamour, "One Crazy Idea to Empower Women? Focus on Men," 12 Dec. 2018 Or just some generic smartphone with the Palm name on it in a misguided attempt to reconnect with old fans? Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The Palm smartphone reboot is shaping up to be disappointing," 7 Aug. 2018 For its part, the government says that the states’ concern is ultimately misguided. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "3D-printed gun activists set to face numerous US states in court," 21 Aug. 2018 Ninety-six people perished in the tragedy, when the police opened a gate in a misguided effort to alleviate overcrowding outside the stadium. Michael Wolgelenter, New York Times, "Hillsborough Police Commander Faces Trial in 95 Soccer Deaths," 29 June 2018 Watergate began with Richard Nixon’s weirdly misguided effort to cover up the origins of the war in Vietnam, but soon turned into a far wider revolt against inflated executive power and secret government. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 But all of that hand-wringing turned out to be misguided. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why almost everyone was wrong about Tesla’s cash flow situation," 26 Oct. 2018 Van Hook’s current lawyers say that was misguided, and overlooked his diagnoses of borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder from his childhood. Andrew Welsh-huggins, The Seattle Times, "Ohio begins preparations to execute killer of man met in bar," 16 July 2018 Today in misguided marketing: MGM had unveiled a collection of wine inspired by the Hulu show The Handmaid’s Tale only to endure swift social media backlash. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Oprah Winfrey Empire, Angela Merkel, Paternity Leave: Broadsheet July 12th," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of misguided

1500, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misguided was in 1500

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English Language Learners Definition of misguided

: having wrong or improper goals or values

: resulting from wrong or improper goals or values


mis·​guid·​ed | \ mis-ˈgī-dəd \

Kids Definition of misguided

: having or resulting from mistaken ideas or values misguided advisers a misguided attempt

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