mis·​step | \ ˌmis-ˈstep How to pronounce misstep (audio) \

Definition of misstep

1 : a mistake in judgment or action : blunder
2 : a wrong step

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Examples of misstep in a Sentence

Their decision to relocate the company was a major misstep. another misstep like that, and the company could go belly-up

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Still, the news heightens scrutiny of the company’s corporate governance after a string of missteps and controversies, and reflects a view among some investors that Mr. Zuckerberg needs additional support guiding the company. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "Funds Back Proposal to Remove Zuckerberg as Facebook Chairman," 17 Oct. 2018 Facebook’s recent data privacy missteps and closely watched Congressional hearings about the topic does not appear to have significantly impacted the company’s latest quarterly earnings. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Facebook Escapes Recent Data Privacy Scandals with Big Profit Gain," 26 Apr. 2018 But 19 years of economic missteps and corruption — first under Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013, and now under Maduro — have turned the nation into the region’s economic basket case. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Venezuelans are hungry but country won't accept aid | Miami Herald," 8 Feb. 2018 After the Tribune shared Kenan’s story and exposed a decade of bureaucratic missteps, politicians and state officials finally responded to the mandate for testing with urgency. Patricia Callahan, chicagotribune.com, "7-year-old Kenan, who helped spark a lifesaving change in state procedures, dies from Krabbe disease," 1 June 2018 As its uses get more widespread and important, AI missteps and abuses become more dangerous. Nicole Kobie, Teen Vogue, "Artificial Intelligence Isn't Good for Women, But We Can Fix It," 4 Apr. 2018 Inside the White House on Friday, staffers expressed frustration by the optics of Pruitt's living arrangements, which come on the heels of the dismissal of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin over ethical missteps. NBC News, "EPA chief paid $50 a night for Washington, D.C. condo linked to lobbyist," 30 Mar. 2018 Many debates are scheduled, so there’s lots of room for missteps and advances. John Baer, Philly.com, "Here's your update on Republicans looking to take on Gov. Wolf," 5 Feb. 2018 Big brands’ typical business case for inclusive hiring—to reflect their customers, recognize opportunities and avoid missteps—has its own limits, Ms. Gardner added. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Verizon Expands Diversity-and-Inclusion Push With New Focus on Retention," 28 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of misstep

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of misstep was in 1788

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English Language Learners Definition of misstep

chiefly US : an action or decision that is a mistake


mis·​step | \ mis-ˈstep How to pronounce misstep (audio) \

Kids Definition of misstep

1 : a wrong movement I … didn't dare go near the stream for fear of making a misstep and falling in …— Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain

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