misled; mistaken: Their naive actions were a misguided attempt to help poor people.
- mis·guid·ed·ly, adverb
- mis·guid·ed·ness, noun
- un·mis·guid·ed, adjective
- un·mis·guid·ed·ly, adverb
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How to use misguided in a sentence
Surveys indicate that a growing number of Americans view partisan opponents not only as misguided but also as agents of evil.Madeleine Albright: 'Us vs. Them' Thinking Is Tearing America Apart. But Here's Why I'm Still Hopeful About the Future | Madeleine Albright | January 15, 2021 | Time
Without a significant investment in streets, sidewalks and traffic flow solutions, residents in our core communities will once again suffer most from noble but misguided attempts to increase our housing supply and put downward pressure on rents.What the Census Taught Me About the NIMBY vs. YIMBY Debate | Paul Krueger | December 14, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Bringing the dog to the scene of the crime to enact the punishment is common — and is an especially misguided tactic.Forget Everything You Know About Your Dog (Ep. 436) | Stephen J. Dubner | October 22, 2020 | Freakonomics
People who think that we’re done sorting it out are misguided in one way or another.The Physicist’s New Book of Life - Issue 92: Frontiers | Michael Brooks | October 21, 2020 | Nautilus
The solution to the resentment some fans are feeling probably isn’t a misguided form of player-club loyalty on the part of the Rays.Will The Best Teams Make For The Best World Series? | Sarah Shachat | October 20, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Perhaps that presumption was misguided, but more on that later.
Sweden explores new frontiers in our misguided, foolish, pointless obsession with rating and censoring entertainment.
It was the scene that launched a thousand HBO subscriptions—and one misguided, mammary-centric New Yorker think piece.Alexandra Daddario on 'True Detective's' Misogyny Claims and Her Hollywood Ascent | Marlow Stern | September 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
First there are those who became agnostics, and who think Christians are misguided at best.
Somehow I think the outrage should be at what happened there, not at this somewhat misguided girl.Ron Rosenbaum on Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil | William O’Connor | July 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But, glad as was the schemer, his delight and sense of freedom were much inferior to those of his misguided and unlucky partner.
Dangerfield must have been expecting something to go crossways in Phœnix and had some of his misguided friends watching McKibben.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
He watched over and protected the misguided woman, consenting to act as godfather to the child she had by Lousteau.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
The misguided nobleman was taken napping in a dry ditch, with the George and 200 guineas in his pocket.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Are the raving words, the wicked thoughts of a misguided, vicious woman to be believed by those who hear them?In the Onyx Lobby | Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for misguided
foolish or unreasonable, esp in action or behaviour
- misguidedly, adverb
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