misinformation

noun mis·in·for·ma·tion \ ˌmis-ˌin-fər-ˈmā-shən \

Definition of misinformation

: incorrect or misleading information
  • Indubitably, a great deal of paranoid and otherwise irresponsible misinformation about the Kennedy assassination has traveled far and sold well …
  • —Ronnie Dugger
  • A muddle of misinformation keeps clouding the debate over hormone-replacement therapy for women.
  • —Melinda Beck
  • Each of these pieces of information (and misinformation) about me is sold for about two-fifths of a cent to advertisers, which then deliver me an Internet ad, send me a catalog or mail me a credit-card offer.
  • —Joel Stein

First Known Use of misinformation

1605

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