mis·step | \-ˈstep \

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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Apple has criticized the social network for that lapse and other missteps while announcing privacy updates to boost its reputation for safeguarding user data. Mark Gurman, Anchorage Daily News, "Apple cracks down on apps sharing information on users' friends," 12 June 2018 Sandberg, the company's chief operating officer, used Facebook's missteps as a lesson in accountability in her commencement speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. NBC News, "Sheryl Sandberg uses Facebook's woes as lesson for MIT grads," 8 June 2018 Contractors are vulnerable to weather, human error and the missteps that result when dozens of unrelated subcontractors join forces to cobble together a home. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software," 25 June 2018 But Letts surveys her life with uncommon empathy, never judging her missteps or seeking to place blame. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mary Page Marlowe': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 That's not to say that Kardashian completely forgot about her past missteps, though. refinery29.com, "Kim Kardashian Responds To The Fulani Braids Backlash: "I'm Not Tone-Deaf"," 21 June 2018 But even its missteps reinforce the message that the person who tells a story gets to decide who’s the villain and who’s the hero. Margaret Gray, latimes.com, "'Bordertown Now': At Pasadena Playhouse, Culture Clash brings its brand of comedy to the wall," 8 June 2018 The wide reach of Miranda’s work begs the question of historians: is the inspirational benefit of this cultural phenomenon worth looking past its missteps? Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "The Issue on the Table: Is “Hamilton” Good For History?," 30 May 2018 The circuit attorney’s office acknowledges missteps by Tisaby but has denied that his actions tainted the case. Fox News, "Missouri Gov. Greitens' accuser in sex case allowed to testify at his trial," 7 May 2018

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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

: an action or decision that is a mistake


mis·step | \mis-ˈstep \

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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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