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misguided

[mis-gahy-did]
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  1. misled; mistaken: Their naive actions were a misguided attempt to help the poor.
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Origin of misguided

First recorded in 1480–90; misguide + -ed2
Related formsmis·guid·ed·ly, adverbmis·guid·ed·ness, nounun·mis·guid·ed, adjectiveun·mis·guid·ed·ly, adverb
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misguided

adjective
  1. foolish or unreasonable, esp in action or behaviour
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Derived Formsmisguidedly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for misguidedly

misguided

adj.

"erring in purpose or action," 1650s, past participle adjective from misguide (v.). Earlier, "ill-behaved" (late 15c.). Related: Misguidedly; misguidedness.

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