misinformed

adjective

mis·​in·​formed ˌmis-in-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce misinformed (audio)
: wrongly or badly informed: such as
a
: having wrong or inaccurate information about a topic
He was slightly misinformed on a few points of the discussion.
They have found that some amateurs are greedy, destructive, and badly misinformed. June Culp Zeitner
The whole anchovy came later; and don't let a snooty, misinformed waiter make you feel stupid if you don't want some skanky little dead fish laid to rest atop your salad. Clark Wolf
" … Even the Press, being human, may be sometimes mistaken or misinformed … . " Charles Dickens
b
: based on wrong or inaccurate information
a misinformed view
misinformed statements/claims
Inadequate knowledge can contribute to misinformed attitudes about special education … Carolyn Babione and Catherine Shea

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misinformed was in the 15th century

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“Misinformed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misinformed. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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