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

Examples of misinformed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An op-ed denouncing his misinformed view was published the next day, and Salzberg reversed his position immediately. Euzebiusz Jamrozik, Scientific American, "Do-it-Yourself Vaccines for COVID-19," 30 Aug. 2020 As the pandemic continues, so does the misinformed idea that China caused this suffering. Melissa Hung, San Francisco Chronicle, "To survive the pandemic SF Chinatown has to adapt — again," 30 Aug. 2020 CureVac has made the news recently because of a misinformed factoid that it was being purchased by President Donald Trump. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Has Been Working On an RNA Bioreactor," 6 July 2020 Facebook and Twitter feeds containing a misinformed post about the Zika virus. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Avoid Misinformation About COVID-19," 9 Apr. 2020 Other Facebook users posted similar versions of the misinformed claim. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact Check: No, former first lady Michelle Obama has not earned her Ph.D. in law," 3 July 2020 According to their data, the COVID-19 infection-fatality rate is 1.46 percent, or twice as high as earlier estimates (and much higher than a misinformed rate being widely shared on social media). Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "How scientists know COVID-19 is way deadlier than the flu," 2 July 2020 A few years ago, Vraga showed hundreds of college students participating in her study simulated Facebook and Twitter feeds containing a misinformed post about the Zika virus. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Avoid Misinformation About COVID-19," 9 Apr. 2020 An increase in social media use correlated with an increase in people being misinformed about the virus. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "One-third fall for coronavirus ‘myths' on social media — and spread them," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of misinformed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Misinformed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misinformed. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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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