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

Examples of misinformed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such arguments are extremely misinformed, says Elfenbein. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 14 Mar. 2024 Standing up for free markets, against their misinformed enemies. Dominic Pino, National Review, 19 Mar. 2024 Clueless about comedy, wildly misinformed about his own showbiz importance, Hank (Jeffrey Tambor) was an Ed McMahon without the charm or self-awareness. Ew Staff Updated, EW.com, 6 Mar. 2024 Because two nominees who might have filled that role were rejected last year, one by the governor, the other by state senators for displaying misinformed views on the last presidential election and the security of mail-in ballots, respectively. Baltimore Sun Editorial Board, Baltimore Sun, 16 Jan. 2024 Pat McAfee is clarifying that Aaron Rodgers is still welcome on his ESPN program, in response to misinformed media reports that suggested the NFL quarterback had been kicked off the show. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 And, of course, if the reviews themselves are misinformed or rigged, a summary of junk customer feedback will also be junk. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2024 With too much privacy, stakeholders feel misinformed. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2023 However, critics condemned their actions as cruel and misinformed. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023

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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 13 Apr. 2024.

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