misunderstanding

noun
mis·​un·​der·​stand·​ing | \ (ˌ)mi-ˌsən-dər-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce misunderstanding (audio) \

Definition of misunderstanding

1 : a failure to understand : misinterpretation The instructions were carefully written to prevent misunderstanding.
2 : quarrel, disagreement an unfortunate misunderstanding between two old friends

Examples of misunderstanding in a Sentence

The instructions are carefully written in order to avoid misunderstanding. Her comments reflect a misunderstanding of the basic problem. using clear language to avoid misunderstandings an unfortunate misunderstanding between old friends We had our little misunderstandings in the past but we managed to clear them up long ago.
Recent Examples on the Web Usually the situation is treated as a misunderstanding and the items are returned. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 Rotating outages in several California municipalities Tuesday night — including in the Bay Area — weren't ordered by the grid operator and resulted from confusion and misunderstanding, grid CEO Elliot Mainzer said Wednesday on a media call. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Sep. 2022 Not making that distinction, some say, subjects their communities in the U.S. to misunderstanding, harassment, scorn and danger. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 2022 Aerosol scientists maintain that there is a physics misunderstanding in the very theory of droplet transmission, but the resistance among public health authorities is still strong. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 26 Aug. 2022 Little League International claims the controversial footage shown on ESPN of white players attaching fabric, resembling cotton, to their Black teammate's head is nothing more than an unfortunate misunderstanding. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2022 The problem usually stems from a misunderstanding on how to create and use video in marketing campaigns. Kelly Schwarze, Rolling Stone, 10 Aug. 2022 Though exciting, in the midst of celebrating his first acting gig, the former Chase co-star had to clear up a misunderstanding about the show on Twitter. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 19 Aug. 2022 As Web3 tech slowly becomes mainstream, there’s significant opportunity for misunderstanding and conflict, Kohn warns. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'misunderstanding.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of misunderstanding

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About misunderstanding

Time Traveler for misunderstanding

Time Traveler

The first known use of misunderstanding was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near misunderstanding

misunderstand

misunderstanding

misunderstandingly

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for misunderstanding

Last Updated

15 Sep 2022

Cite this Entry

“Misunderstanding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misunderstanding. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for misunderstanding

misunderstanding

noun
mis·​un·​der·​stand·​ing | \ ˌmis-ˌən-dər-ˈstan-diŋ \

Kids Definition of misunderstanding

1 : a failure to get the meaning of : a failure to understand

More from Merriam-Webster on misunderstanding

Nglish: Translation of misunderstanding for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!