misperception

noun mis·per·cep·tion \ ˌmis-pər-ˈsēv \

Definition of misperception

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

First Known Use of misperception

1722

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misperception

noun mis·per·cep·tion \ ˌmis-pər-ˈsep-shən \

medical Definition of misperception

: a false perception

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