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misconceive

[mis-kuh n-seev]
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verb (used with or without object), mis·con·ceived, mis·con·ceiv·ing.
  1. to conceive or interpret wrongly; misunderstand.
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Origin of misconceive

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at mis-1, conceive
Related formsmis·con·ceiv·er, noun
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Related Words

misread, misinterpret, miscalculate, confuse, confound, misjudge, misconstrue, misapply, fail, miss, misapprehend, mistake, misreckon, misknow

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British Dictionary definitions for misconceived

misconceived

adjective
  1. faultily or wrongly planned or based
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misconceive

verb
  1. to have the wrong idea; fail to understand
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Derived Formsmisconceiver, 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.

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