misleading

[ mis-lee-ding ]
/ mɪsˈli dɪŋ /

adjective

deceptive; tending to mislead.

Nearby words

  1. misknowledge,
  2. miskolc,
  3. mislabel,
  4. mislay,
  5. mislead,
  6. misleared,
  7. misled,
  8. mislike,
  9. mislocate,
  10. mismanage

Origin of misleading

First recorded in 1630–40; mislead + -ing2

Related formsmis·lead·ing·ly, adverbmis·lead·ing·ness, noun

mislead

[ mis-leed ]
/ mɪsˈlid /

verb (used with object), mis·led, mis·lead·ing.

to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray.
to lead into error of conduct, thought, or judgment.

verb (used without object), mis·led, mis·lead·ing.

to be misleading; tend to deceive: vague directions that often mislead.

Origin of mislead

before 1050; Middle English misleden, Old English mislǣdan. See mis-1, lead1

Related formsmis·lead·er, nounun·mis·led, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for misleading

misleading

/ (mɪsˈliːdɪŋ) /

adjective

tending to confuse or mislead; deceptive
Derived Formsmisleadingly, adverb

mislead

/ (mɪsˈliːd) /

verb -leads, -leading or -led (tr)

to give false or misleading information to
to lead or guide in the wrong direction
Derived Formsmisleader, noun

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Word Origin and History for misleading
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