- wrongly conceived, held, or done: a mistaken antagonism.
- erroneous; incorrect; wrong: a mistaken answer.
- having made a mistake; being in error.
Origin of mistaken
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- an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
- a misunderstanding or misconception.
- to regard or identify wrongly as something or someone else: I mistook him for the mayor.
- to understand, interpret, or evaluate wrongly; misunderstand; misinterpret.
- to be in error.
- and no mistake, for certain; surely: He's an honorable person, and no mistake.
Origin of mistake
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Antonyms for mistake
Related Words for mistakenerroneous, inaccurate, inappropriate, confused, misled, untrue, faulty, misguided, unfounded, illogical, false, deluded, confounded, misunderstanding, warranted, tricked, duped, misinformed, fallacious, ill-advised
Examples from the Web for mistaken
Contemporary Examples of mistaken
Democrats would be mistaken to underestimate Mike Huckabee, perhaps the strongest Republican presidential contender.Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee
January 6, 2015
Jackson volunteered this information to detectives, just before the trial, in the mistaken belief that it would help Wise.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
Mapei is soft-spoken, but that should not be mistaken for modesty.The Swedish Queen of Soulful Pop: Mapei Won’t Wait for You to Listen
October 16, 2014
“If you looked into his background for 30 seconds,” says Bogucki, you would have seen this was a case of mistaken identity.A Navy Lawyer Cries Foul on Gitmo’s Kafkaesque Legal System
September 26, 2014
When the child turned around and wondered why he had been hit, it turned out that Bodenheimer had mistaken him for another child.This 'Holy Guy'—and Grandfather of 100—Is Accused of Sexually Abusing a Student
September 9, 2014
Historical Examples of mistaken
But if you think I was consistently mercenary you are mistaken.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I'm less likely to be mistaken than you, my dear, though he was your father.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
I may have been mistaken with regard to the cause of my persecution by the Wilsons, but I think not.Biography of a Slave
Nor was she mistaken: many a time had her father said so to himself.Weighed and Wanting
If you think they were embarrassed to the degree that they could not eat, you are mistaken.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- (usually predicative) wrong in opinion, judgment, etcshe is mistaken
- arising from error in judgment, opinion, etca mistaken viewpoint
- an error or blunder in action, opinion, or judgment
- a misconception or misunderstanding
- (tr) to misunderstand; misinterpretshe mistook his meaning
- (tr foll by for) to take (for), interpret (as), or confuse (with)she mistook his direct manner for honesty
- (tr) to choose badly or incorrectlyhe mistook his path
- (intr) to make a mistake in action, opinion, judgment, etc
Word Origin for mistake
c.1600, "under misapprehension," past participle adjective from mistake (v.). Related: Mistakenly. Mistaken identity attested from 1865.
1630s, from mistake (v.). Meaning "unintended pregnancy" is from 1957.
In addition to the idiom beginning with mistake
- mistake for
- by mistake
- make no mistake