- deceptive; tending to mislead.
Origin of misleading
- to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray.
- to lead into error of conduct, thought, or judgment.
- to be misleading; tend to deceive: vague directions that often mislead.
Origin of mislead
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Related Wordsambiguous, inaccurate, deceitful, wrong, evasive, puzzling, disingenuous, false, perplexing, beguiling, confounding, bewildering, catchy, delusive, fallacious, specious, spurious, tricky, delusory, demagogic
Examples from the Web for misleading
Closed courthouses, rogue clerks, and misleading statements from the attorney general as Florida welcomes same-sex marriage.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
As David Leonhardt points out in The New York Times, these averages can be misleading.The Student Loan Crisis That Isn’t About Kids at Harvard
November 30, 2014
To describe that as misleading is, ironically, itself misleading.Rand Paul Beats Ted Cruz, Saves NSA From ‘Reform’
Tim Mak, Olivia Nuzzi
November 19, 2014
Official Mormon histories about Joseph Smith may have been misleading.God vs. the Internet. And the Winner is…
November 16, 2014
But to say the capital teeters on the verge of collapse is both melodramatic and misleading.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
But the empty silence of the desert was misleading, as the men in the crater knew.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
This is a very crude and misleading way of describing ancient science.Timaeus
Or again, the trail will become confused and misleading when crossed by that of foxes.The Sportsman
The first is that the readings taken with a hydrometer will then be misleading.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
The present is bright with misleading glamour--beware of the vanities of the flesh!Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
- tending to confuse or mislead; deceptive
- to give false or misleading information to
- to lead or guide in the wrong direction
Word Origin and History for misleading
1630s, present participle adjective from mislead.