misunderstanding

[ mis-uhn-der-stan-ding ]
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noun
  1. failure to understand correctly; mistake as to meaning or intent.

  2. a disagreement or quarrel.

Origin of misunderstanding

1
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at mis-1, understanding

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  • mis·un·der·stand·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for misunderstanding

misunderstanding

/ (ˌmɪsʌndəˈstændɪŋ) /


noun
  1. a failure to understand properly

  2. a disagreement

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