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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Trump's new rule undoes this misguided restriction. Brian Blase For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Trump's new rule will give businesses and workers better health care options," 13 June 2019 These are not the efforts of a misguided martyr, either. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "As Warriors’ injuries mount, Stephen Curry is picking up more of the slack," 5 June 2019 The Saints didn’t bring in Murray because of some misguided attempt at making an apples-to-apples move to replace Ingram. Luke Johnson, nola.com, "‘No added pressure’ for Latavius Murray when it comes to replacing Mark Ingram," 4 June 2019 That misguided expectation made it all the more gratifying and emotional to watch Black Panther not just be nominated, but win big. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Chadwick Boseman’s Acceptance Speech for Black Panther’s SAG Win Will Give You Goosebumps," 28 Jan. 2019 An account of the misguided history and dire results of America’s wildfire management policy that also captures the Sisyphean struggles of the men and women who battle blazes for a living. New York Times, "9 New Books We Recommend This Week," 4 Jan. 2018 Malpass’ public forecasting has at times been misguided and arguably shaped by his political leanings. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Trump to tap David Malpass, critic of World Bank, to lead it," 6 Feb. 2019 By contrast, the 91st Academy Awards have already been an unmitigated disaster for months, and four days out from the ceremony itself, the Academy is still doing damage control in the wake of its numerous misguided attempts to shake things up. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kevin Hart, the "Popular" Film & Cancelled Categories: A Complete Timeline of the 2019 Oscar Drama," 21 Feb. 2019 Even the most seasoned opera-goers have likely never seen this 19th century Italian comedy about a pretentious, overbearing Neapolitan father who places ads in newspapers across Europe in a misguided attempt to marry off his daughter. Catherine Womack, latimes.com, "Irreverent Pacific Opera Project takes on 'La Gazetta'," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of misguided

1500, in the meaning defined above

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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 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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