Definition of mistakenly in US English:

mistakenly

adverb

  • 1In a mistaken way; wrongly.

    ‘they mistakenly believed her to be pregnant’
    • ‘Mistakenly, they take the club back to the inside, starting a chain reaction that results in an over-the-top downswing.’
    • ‘Too often in Washington, people mistakenly think that loyalty to an individual officeholder should override loyalty to basic ideals.’
    • ‘The other essays in this section also approach the problem of Africa as mistakenly framed by Western discourse.’
    • ‘Some archaeologists, even until quite recent times, have mistakenly supposed that depth below ground level is itself an indication of antiquity.’
    • ‘Even the person who hurts himself does so because he mistakenly believes this will give him some perverse form of pleasure.’
    • ‘They were brought in illegally, possibly because somebody mistakenly thought they might have commercial potential.’
    • ‘But many young journalists seeking to move ahead in the business world mistakenly believe that their work will speak for itself.’
    • ‘Hume gives the example of an Indian prince who had never seen water freeze and mistakenly disbelieved stories about ice.’
    • ‘Sometimes - because of disease or for no known reason - the body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys red blood cells.’
    • ‘A lot of people mistakenly think this exercise is all about traps.’
    • ‘True, there may be some people who mistakenly think their interests will be affected by our presence.’
    • ‘Single people often mistakenly think they don't need a will.’
    • ‘That's the portion that protects innocent people from being mistakenly convicted, even at the cost of acquitting some guilty people.’
    • ‘For many years, freestyle swimmers had mistakenly been taught to swim with shoulders held flat.’
    • ‘One of the main reasons for the enemy's previous victories is that we mistakenly adopted a regional point of view.’
    • ‘They do so in part because they mistakenly fear that evolution somehow undermines human values and dignity.’
    • ‘It is worth noting at the outset that scholars have often mistakenly assumed that these are mutually exclusive ways of approaching the gospels.’
    • ‘In this disorder, your immune system mistakenly attacks the myelin sheath.’
    • ‘They mistakenly believe control over their bodies equates to control over their lives.’
    • ‘However, because conflict creates anxiety, persons may mistakenly seize on the topic of the disagreement as the real problem.’
    wrongly, in error, erroneously, incorrectly, falsely, fallaciously, inaccurately, imprecisely, inappropriately
    by accident, accidentally, inadvertently, unintentionally, unwittingly, unknowingly, unconsciously, by mistake, by chance, misguidedly
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    1. 1.1 By accident or oversight; accidentally.
      ‘warplanes mistakenly bombed a village’
      • ‘Such a system would prevent friendly fire - where soldiers mistakenly attack their colleagues or their allies.’
      • ‘This is not the kind of thing that anyone would just mistakenly get wrong, which means there's some kind of intellectual sadism involved here too.’
      • ‘Early in the third set, White mistakenly announced the score at 30-all.’
      • ‘The organization had mistakenly placed the signs on another road that we didn't race on.’
      • ‘He said: "I don't want to mistakenly give the impression of being completely reassuring here."’
      • ‘My name is Matt and I do not like been mistakenly called Max.’
      • ‘The only ballots it spit back were the ballots on which more than one vote had mistakenly been cast in the same race.’
      • ‘For example, there is a distinct possibility of illegally or mistakenly altering data.’
      • ‘One day, she called to tell me that she had mistakenly taken the antidepressant pills of my schizophrenic brother.’
      • ‘Washington, D.C., residents' mail is sometimes mistakenly irradiated along with government mail.’
      • ‘Two years ago a Pakistani boy mistakenly crossed the border into India.’
      • ‘See if the sentence might be just a piece of the previous sentence that mistakenly got separated by a period.’
      • ‘The agent was shot by US troops who mistakenly fired on his vehicle.’
      • ‘A couple of files were mistakenly left out of the first version of the source.’
      • ‘Two senior Pakistani officials said that the CIA had mistakenly launched the missile attack.’
      • ‘Health authorities have closed five factories which had mistakenly used the toxic sodium nitrate in their products.’
      • ‘They mistakenly arrive at your site.’
      • ‘In many cases they were mistakenly killed by security personnel, separatist rebels or armed groups.’
      • ‘Nobody could explain why it went missing or was mistakenly recorded over.’
      • ‘The journalist is back in Rome, being treated for wounds mistakenly inflicted by troops in Iraq.’

Pronunciation

mistakenly

/məˈstākənlē//məˈsteɪkənli/