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 Frum’s current position seems to be that the Iraq War was well-intentioned, misguided, a failure, and, above all, not his fault. David Klion, The New Republic, "David Frum’s Hold Over the Center," 29 May 2020 Legislators and courts have historically often ignored Article I of the Constitution’s limitation on impairment of contract rights in favor of social engineering that is very often misguided, ineffective and... WSJ, "On Interruption Insurance and Contract Law," 27 Apr. 2020 Marcel Fratzscher, chief economist of the DIW institute in Berlin and a former ECB official, maintains that Germany should indeed have spent more on its economy over the years, and that any sense of vindication is wholly misguided. Birgit Jennen, Bloomberg.com, "Crisis Gives Germany Sense of Vindication for ‘Black Zero’," 12 May 2020 Guests will call in remotely and Gomez is a stand-in for all the enthusiastic-yet-misguided quarantine cooks out there. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Selena Gomez Is Launching A Quarantine Cooking Series," 6 May 2020 That is exactly what Kansas City’s misguided government officials are now demanding. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'Nazi-like measures': Kansas City policy requires lists be kept of people attending in-person church services," 4 May 2020 Yet McConnell's remarks mark the second branch of government expressing perhaps misguided hope for sport's return. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Senate leader Mitch McConnell to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: 'America needs baseball'," 1 May 2020 This quickly becomes tedious when going through a downtown area with a series of green traffic lights every block or two and having to be constantly tipping into the throttle to override the system's misguided desire for deceleration. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Tesla Update Includes Automatic Slowing for Stop Signs, Lights (Even Green Ones)," 30 Apr. 2020 Allowing people to camp on our streets is misguided compassion. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Position 4 candidates explain if they feel the city is doing enough to address housing, homelessness," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of misguided

1500, in the meaning defined above

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“Misguided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misguided. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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