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[mis-kuh n-seev] /ˌmɪs kənˈsiv/
verb (used with or without object), misconceived, misconceiving.
to conceive or interpret wrongly; misunderstand.
Origin of misconceive
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at mis-1, conceive
Related forms
misconceiver, noun Unabridged
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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


faultily or wrongly planned or based


to have the wrong idea; fail to understand
Derived Forms
misconceiver, noun
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Word Origin and History for misconceived



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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