misled; mistaken: Their naive actions were a misguided attempt to help the poor.

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



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

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