Definition of misapprehension in English:



  • A mistaken belief about or interpretation of something.

    ‘people tried to exchange the vouchers under the misapprehension that they were book tokens’
    • ‘Given your political beliefs, I can understand some of the misapprehensions that you suffer from, but some of the statements near the end of your article were so out of touch with the actual facts that I could only read in stunned disbelief.’
    • ‘It would be itself a form of institutional racism to demand that people of visibly distinctive ethnic backgrounds act with special caution to avoid giving rise to misapprehensions.’
    • ‘However, I would like to correct their present misapprehensions.’
    • ‘Much of the correspondence contained in this volume shows Proust acting to dispel such misapprehensions.’
    • ‘On the other, there were swelling misapprehensions from the lack of a united line of action, of a clear model on economic growth and improvement of the standard of living.’
    • ‘Instead of possibly freeing people from their misconceptions and misapprehensions, we solidify them and, in fact, remove the conditions under which true personal growth and rapprochement are possible.’
    • ‘Scientists close to the programme are aware of the dangers of these misapprehensions, for public respect towards science, as much as for the future of biotechnology.’
    • ‘I had long laboured under the misapprehension that to be the subject of a tribute you had to either be dead, have done something worthwhile or have reached a milestone in a certain profession.’
    • ‘There are no major mistakes or misapprehensions in their knowledge and beliefs about the disease.’
    • ‘It corrected some of the misapprehension of New Zealanders, stating that the Moriori were from the same East Polynesian background as the Maori.’
    • ‘I understand that anglers at this venue are having bother with boaters who seem to be under the misapprehension that the sand bed opposite the Nidd mouth is available for mooring.’
    • ‘The second misunderstanding arises from a misapprehension about an idea we have been studying throughout this book and which we just considered again: the sanctity of life.’
    • ‘But I am not under the misapprehension that I'm doing eight-minute cures.’
    • ‘He should confront head-on the fundamental misapprehensions driving the public mood.’
    • ‘But it is a common misapprehension to think that joint orders afford some sort of protection.’
    • ‘Plus, the laptop's on the fritz so my scope for getting to a keyboard to correct misapprehensions has been limited.’
    • ‘Thus far, of course, this is all the result of my own misapprehension.’
    • ‘And George says that, in spite of many popular misapprehensions, logging is often good for forests.’
    • ‘From my own experience of more than a decade of working closely with the industry and with doctors, misapprehensions and misunderstandings persist on both sides.’
    • ‘Before it is too late, the government and all the parties related should work together to correct the current public misapprehensions and revive the collapsing poultry industry.’
    misunderstanding, mistake, error, misinterpretation, misconstruction, misreading, misjudgement, misconception, misbelief, miscalculation, confusion, mix-up, the wrong idea, false impression, fallacy, illusion, delusion
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