mis·​in·​ter·​pre·​ta·​tion ˌmi-sᵊn-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce misinterpretation (audio)
plural misinterpretations
: failure to understand or interpret something correctly
an error caused by misinterpretation of the rules
: a mistaken interpretation
… it soon becomes obvious to workers in the field that misunderstandings and misinterpretations of conventional terms seriously interfere with scholarly communication.Juergan Eichhoff

Examples of misinterpretation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In all likelihood, what your daughter shared with you was either a misinterpretation of what the teacher shared or a mistake on the teacher’s part. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 From the moment the preliminary results first flashed across state television late Sunday, the authorities left no room for misinterpretation. Paul Sonne, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 This standardization mitigates the risk of errors, discrepancies and misinterpretations in the transmission of critical financial data, ultimately contributing to a more reliable and secure digital payments ecosystem. Rob Heidenreich, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Jewel cites how the Strong Black Woman stereotype and general societal projection have robbed Black women of opportunities to outwardly express deep feelings without misinterpretation. Essence, 13 Feb. 2024 These researchers have also cautioned that misinterpretation of GWASs by scientists, the media and the public can cause harm. Lauren Leffer, Scientific American, 6 Feb. 2024 The problem is the misinterpretation on the flip side. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 25 Jan. 2024 Delays in implementation have been caused by early misinterpretation of the law, computer glitches and a shortage of halfway house capacity. Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The possibility of misinterpretation—or plausible deniability—might be part of the appeal of using emoji at work. Lora Kelley, The Atlantic, 30 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misinterpretation was in 1538

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“Misinterpretation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misinterpretation. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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