misperceive

verb
mis·​per·​ceive | \ ˌmis-pər-ˈsēv How to pronounce misperceive (audio) \
misperceived; misperceiving

Definition of misperceive

transitive verb

: to perceive (something) wrongly or improperly … until recently, experts have paid the placebo effect only grudging respect, some insisting that people who experience it must have simply misperceived either their illness or their recovery.— Ted Kaptchuk et al.

First Known Use of misperceive

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Misperceive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misperceive. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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