Definition of misconception in English:



  • A view or opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding.

    ‘public misconceptions about AIDS remain high’
    • ‘Well what are the most common faults or misconceptions that you find among average adult swimmers, John?’
    • ‘We must value that reputation and work together to nurture it and remove any misconceptions that will put it at risk.’
    • ‘The problem with success too often is it creates expectations, or even misconceptions among critics and fans alike.’
    • ‘But the idea that people oppose media intrusion is based on misconceptions that are rarely challenged.’
    • ‘Your story contained so many misconceptions and falsehoods, one scarcely knows where to begin.’
    • ‘Much of what we understand to be the truth are probably misconceptions.’
    • ‘This may be because of misconceptions among patients and reluctance among patients to use inhalers.’
    • ‘It was clear to me that profound misconceptions were widespread.’
    • ‘A lot of the original points of view were based on misconceptions about the other side's point of view.’
    • ‘It appears, worryingly, that these misconceptions are shared by many of our politicians.’
    • ‘So you can see the paper still has some serious misconceptions about what's important.’
    • ‘I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions regarding this matter.’
    • ‘He knew everything that every one else had misconceptions about or misconstrued.’
    • ‘Suspicion and misconceptions about Zimbabwe can only be cleared when there is dialogue and openness.’
    • ‘There is no reason why the views and misconceptions which exist in the workplace should be any different from society generally.’
    • ‘As another so-called expert, I feel compelled to address some of the misconceptions.’
    • ‘Apparently, misconceptions abound as to the nature and purpose of bilingual education.’
    • ‘As a start on the road to understanding, Australians should demolish two misconceptions.’
    • ‘Clarke is always at pains to point out errors and misconceptions in earlier writings, and he does so convincingly.’
    • ‘This argument is based on a number of misstatements and misconceptions.’
    misapprehension, misunderstanding, mistake, error, mix-up, misinterpretation, misconstruction, misreading, misjudgement, misbelief, miscalculation, false impression, illusion, fallacy, delusion
    the wrong idea
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