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mistaken

[mi-stey-kuhn]
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adjective
  1. wrongly conceived, held, or done: a mistaken antagonism.
  2. erroneous; incorrect; wrong: a mistaken answer.
  3. having made a mistake; being in error.
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Origin of mistaken

1590–1600; past participle of mistake; see -en3
Related formsmis·tak·en·ly, adverbmis·tak·en·ness, nounun·mis·tak·en, adjective

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1. inaccurate, misconceived.
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Related Words

falsely, erroneously, badly, erringly

Examples from the Web for mistakenly

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  • Others have thought, but mistakenly, that it was Collioure in Roussillon.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • He knew also that she would tell him that, just as mistakenly, about the hero of every book he wrote.

    Cynthia

    Leonard Merrick

  • Catamite, mistakenly read as khz on f. 112b (Mmoires ii, 82).

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • We sometimes, mistakenly, say that the English are not good losers.

  • We should not forget how confidently, and how mistakenly, his failure was predicted.

    Why We Punctuate

    William Livingston Klein


British Dictionary definitions for mistakenly

mistaken

adjective
  1. (usually predicative) wrong in opinion, judgment, etcshe is mistaken
  2. arising from error in judgment, opinion, etca mistaken viewpoint
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Derived Formsmistakenly, adverbmistakenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mistakenly

mistaken

adj.

c.1600, "under misapprehension," past participle adjective from mistake (v.). Related: Mistakenly. Mistaken identity attested from 1865.

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