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[mis-steyt] /mɪsˈsteɪt/
verb (used with object), misstated, misstating.
to state wrongly or misleadingly; make a wrong statement about.
Origin of misstate
First recorded in 1640-50; mis-1 + state
Related forms
misstatement, noun
misstater, noun
misreport, falsify, alter, distort. Unabridged
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  • But real patriotism is one thing and misstatement is another.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Failures due to misstatement of fact are of endless variety.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • Had he made any misstatement, he would have been immediately contradicted.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • How the misstatement came to be made, I do not know and will not speculate.

  • Was this playful punning or a half-serious attempt to correct a misstatement?

    Children's Ways James Sully
  • I cannot perceive that it would be any advantage to them to make a misstatement.

  • Dan'l smiled in a way that admitted his misstatement; he shook his head.

    The Sea Bride Ben Ames Williams
  • The misstatement of an agent of the insured will have the same effect.

  • I made a misstatement when I said that I had gone into all the rooms of the house this afternoon.

    Lost Man's Lane Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for misstatement


(transitive) to state incorrectly
Derived Forms
misstatement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misstatement

1790, from misstate + -ment.



also mis-state, 1640s, from mis- (1) + state (v.). Related: Misstated; misstating.

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