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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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 Because here’s the thing: our historically misinformed students turn into our lawmakers, and the classroom prepares those who end up running our courthouses. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Racism and Patriarchy Is Taught at School," 16 Oct. 2018 On Facebook, hundreds left reviews, some negative and misinformed, but the overwhelming majority were five-star. Will Feuer, Philly.com, "For Swedesboro's Red Hen, a case of mistaken identity," 29 June 2018 O’Connell’s experience does appear to have been a misinformed misadventure, as Acne Studios confirmed that the T-shirt is indeed a carryover style. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "What to Do When Your Favorite Clothing Item Gets Discontinued," 4 June 2018 The third exiting priest, Bishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt, stands accused by some Catholics of having misinformed Francis on the allegations against Barros. Jorge Poblete And Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops tied to Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal," 11 June 2018 But their diagnosis is misinformed and their prescription would only make the problem worse. WSJ, "What Interest Do Health GPOs Really Serve?," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of misinformed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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