mis·​per·​cep·​tion ˌmis-pər-ˈsēp-shən How to pronounce misperception (audio)
plural misperceptions
: a false or inaccurate perception
… a host of misperceptions about the '50s, including the skewed notion that women didn't work in the 1950s, especially if they were mothers. Even in the '50s, one-fifth of mothers had paying jobs.Jeff Reid

Examples of misperception in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stigma in wealthy communities often comes from misperceptions about financial hardships. Tyler Shepherd, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 Both studies underscore the role of misinformation, misperception, and misunderstanding in perpetuating false narratives about autism and increasing the amount of anxiety parents felt about receiving a diagnosis. Wendy K. Chung, STAT, 16 Apr. 2024 The common misperception—still prevalent today in certain misguided corners of medicine—that Black people are capable of enduring more pain than white people, was reinforced by the circular logic of having to endure more pain. Dr. Sharon Malone, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 For a start, the West will need to find the right balance between deterrence and reassurance with Moscow and Beijing to avoid dangerous escalatory situations that could arise from accidents, misperceptions, and miscommunication. Alexander Gabuev, Foreign Affairs, 9 Apr. 2024 This misperception is impacting screening rates as less than half (44%) of Gen X women who are eligible for screening have undergone colonoscopies. Lipi Roy, Md, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 There's a bounty of factual information about the differences between organic and non-organic produce, in addition to many common public perceptions — and misperceptions — about which fruits and vegetables are safe and healthy. Joe Hernandez, NPR, 25 Mar. 2024 These misperceptions can lead to inappropriate judgments and misunderstandings in the workplace. Britney Porter, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 The district conducted the survey in partnership with the Town of Los Gatos, the Los Gatos Union School District and the Montana Institute, which works with schools to correct students’ misperceptions about alcohol and establish healthy norms around alcohol. Isha Trivedi, The Mercury News, 18 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misperception was in 1722

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“Misperception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misperception. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


mis·​per·​cep·​tion ˌmis-pər-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce misperception (audio)
: a false perception

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