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misconceive

[mis-kuh n-seev] /ˌmɪs kənˈsiv/
verb (used with or without object), misconceived, misconceiving.
1.
to conceive or interpret wrongly; misunderstand.
Origin of misconceive
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at mis-1, conceive
Related forms
misconceiver, noun
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  • Consuello's words, "Why must we always impute a misconceived motive?"

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • The author is not indifferent to the possibility that his purpose may be misconceived.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • For a moment I even fancied that I had misconceived him, and that he was in sober earnest.

  • Many circumstances will unavoidably be misconceived and misrepresented.

  • Perhaps, in the text, I may have misconceived my author's meaning.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • Doubly mortifying is my misfortune to me, as it must tend to cause me to be misconceived.

    Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler
  • But no matter; Deerslayer has not misconceived me, when he told you I should be found at my post.

    The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
  • How had he so failed and so misconceived the Master's plain teaching?

  • He misconceived her feeling, and took advantage of it to retain her hand.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for misconceived

misconceived

/ˌmɪskənˈsiːvd/
adjective
1.
faultily or wrongly planned or based

misconceive

/ˌmɪskənˈsiːv/
verb
1.
to have the wrong idea; fail to understand
Derived Forms
misconceiver, noun
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Word Origin and History for misconceived

misconceive

v.

late 14c., "to have a wrong notion of;" see mis- (1) + conceive. Related: Misconceived; misconceiving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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