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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These analyses are superficially plausible, but fundamentally misguided. Eric Leivtz, Daily Intelligencer, "For Democrats, Immigration Is a Political Problem Without a Policy Solution," 2 July 2018 This defense of Sarah Huckabee Sanders by prominent women is appalling and misguided. Fox News, "Michelle Wolf doubles down on Sarah Sanders insults as journalists defend press secretary," 29 Apr. 2018 Widespread protest Banning resellers in order to spur broadband deployment is misguided because Lifeline is a program designed to address the affordability of service not one designed to encourage new deployment, critics of Pai's plan say. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai’s supporters say he’s gone too far with plan that hurts poor people," 5 Mar. 2018 Jim Carnes, policy director for Alabama Arise, which advocates for low-income families, said the proposal is mean-spirited and misguided. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Alabama Medicaid Agency seeks new work requirements for able-bodied parents," 2 Mar. 2018 This action is nothing more than an unfair and misguided attempt to rewrite those long-standing rules. Marcus Wright, Bloomberg.com, "Third Barclays Trader Faces U.S. Charges in FX Scandal," 17 Jan. 2018 This does not apply to Abramovich, his visa hold-up appears to be settling a score between the two countries - with Brexit on the horizon, denying the level of investment that 'was' on offer seems misguided. SI.com, "The Mounting Uncertainty at Chelsea Has Seen the Club Relinquish Their Top 4 Birthright," 9 July 2018 But mental health practitioners called the technique dangerously misguided, particularly with little or no clinical expertise on hand. San Francisco Chronicle, "A Retreat’s Risky Lessons," 14 June 2018 For those, especially the president, wanting to make the case the special counsel investigation that was first started by the FBI during the election is unnecessary and misguided and even biased, Strzok's texts are the perfect illustration of that. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Peter Strzok, the symbol of whatever you want him to be in the Russia investigation," 13 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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