misinformed

adjective
mis·​in·​formed | \ ˌmis-in-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce misinformed (audio) \

Definition of misinformed

: 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

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Backyard poultry flocks are increasingly popular among Americans looking to grow some of their own food and give their children a learning experience, but many are misinformed about how to do so safely. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "The biggest source of salmonella outbreaks? It's clucking in U.S. backyards," 30 July 2019 The abdication of responsibility by social media CEOs has contributed to the dumbing down of an increasingly misinformed society. Alexander Heffner, WIRED, "Greed Is to Blame for the Radicalization of Social Media," 30 June 2019 Francis DeBernardo, head of New Ways Ministry, said such concepts are outdated, misinformed and ignore contemporary science on factors beyond visible genitalia that determine gender. Washington Post, "Vatican rejects gender change to alarm of LGBT Catholics," 10 June 2019 Francis DeBernardo, head of New Ways Ministry, said such concepts are outdated, misinformed and ignore contemporary science on factors beyond visible genitalia that determine gender. Nicole Winfield, Houston Chronicle, "Vatican rejects gender change to alarm of LGBT Catholics," 10 June 2019 The president was seemingly misinformed about the nature of the vote and the substance of the bill, people said. Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post, "Congress advances bill to renew NSA surveillance program after Trump briefly upstages key vote," 11 Jan. 2018 There’s been a lot of talk about slavery lately, and sadly, some of it is wildly misinformed. Felice León, The Root, "Three Times American Slaves Did Rebel," 5 May 2018 No prep’ and ‘highly misinformed about Australia’ is absolutely my hope. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "I Am Invested in This 'Bachelor' Contestant's Fake Australian Accent Con," 4 Jan. 2019 People with this archaic outlook are either misinformed, uneducated, or bigoted. Vogue, "Teddy Quinlivan: Why I’m Standing Up Against Trump’s Anti-Trans Agenda," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of misinformed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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misinformed

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of misinformed

: not having accurate or completely accurate information about something
: based on information that is not accurate or not completely accurate

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