mis·​guid·​ed | \ (ˌ)mis-ˈgī-dəd How to pronounce misguided (audio) \

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 \ (ˌ)mis-​ˈgī-​dəd-​lē How to pronounce misguidedly (audio) \ adverb
misguidedness \ (ˌ)mis-​ˈgī-​dəd-​nəs How to pronounce misguidedness (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Our world at this moment is the result of great and dangerous inventions, useful and misguided innovations, benevolent and misused power, moral and immoral victories, destructive and constructive policies. Sue Mcmillin, The Denver Post, "McMillin: This boomer wishes every generation a happy Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2019 Others came off as clumsy, inauthentic or misguided. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "How odd is a Ford Mustang SUV? Here are 5 other weird automotive spin-offs," 18 Nov. 2019 But there have also been reputable scientists who concocted theories that, in hindsight, seem woefully misguided, if not downright wacky. Wired, "AI Helps Seismologists Predict Earthquakes," 22 Sep. 2019 But there have also been reputable scientists who concocted theories that, in hindsight, seem woefully misguided, if not downright wacky. Quanta Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Takes On Earthquake Prediction," 19 Sep. 2019 Andy Zheng, founder of Big Data firm Aspiring Citizens Cleantech and another panelist joining the roundtable, thinks using distance as a metric for rewarding EVs is misguided. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Government Subsidies Fueled China’s Electric Vehicle Boom. Now They’re Facing Intense Scrutiny," 6 Sep. 2019 Andrew Bakaj, the White House whistleblower's attorney, says Reddit's policy of allowing users to name whistleblowers is misguided. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Reddit: Naming White House Whistleblower Is Fine. But Critics Disagree," 15 Nov. 2019 Was Nagy’s faith in his second-down run call misguided? Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ loss to the Chargers, including red-zone ineptitude, Mitch Trubisky’s failed response and the I-formation," 30 Oct. 2019 The industry is fighting legislation across the country to rein in efforts to collect old debts, calling them misguided. Author: Renae Merle, Anchorage Daily News, "Zombie debt: how collectors trick consumers into reviving dead debts," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of misguided

1500, in the meaning defined above

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“Misguided.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misguided. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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How to pronounce misguided (audio)

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 How to pronounce misguided (audio) \

Kids Definition of misguided

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

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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