- 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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Examples from the Web for mistakenly
Will had mistakenly connected the pathway of infection in a hospital room with someone coughing or sneezing circulating in public.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: October 19
October 19, 2014
Most of the meddlers in our lives do it to gratify their own egos or because they mistakenly believe they are helping.America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
This kind of prejudice harms innocent people, whether Muslim or mistakenly thought to be Muslim.How Not to Reply to a Racist Tweet
August 11, 2014
For more than 50 years, Army PFC Lawrence S. Gordon was mistakenly interred as a German soldier in a cemetery in France.The WWII Hero America Abandoned
Megan McCloskey, ProPublica
March 21, 2014
Correction: In an earlier version of this story, Ginni Thomas was mistakenly referred to as a registered lobbyist.Clarence Thomas’s Wife Asks If Obama Administration Provided Material Support to Terrorists
March 6, 2014
Others have thought, but mistakenly, that it was Collioure in Roussillon.The Phantom World
He knew also that she would tell him that, just as mistakenly, about the hero of every book he wrote.Cynthia
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.The Amenities of Book-Collecting and Kindred Affections
A. Edward Newton
We should not forget how confidently, and how mistakenly, his failure was predicted.Why We Punctuate
William Livingston Klein
- (usually predicative) wrong in opinion, judgment, etcshe is mistaken
- arising from error in judgment, opinion, etca mistaken viewpoint
Word Origin and History for mistakenly
c.1600, "under misapprehension," past participle adjective from mistake (v.). Related: Mistakenly. Mistaken identity attested from 1865.