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[mis-kuh n-sep-shuh n] /ˌmɪs kənˈsɛp ʃən/
an erroneous conception; mistaken notion.
Origin of misconception
1655-65; mis-1 + conception Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misconception
  • The best way for someone to overcome a misconception is to have an experience that shows it is wrong.
  • One common misconception is that such companies operate in a legal vacuum.
  • That's a good hook that brings in some folks to our discipline but it's got some substance to it despite their misconception.
  • Their conclusion was aggregated by a modern misconception that vapors and gases could only be produced by volcanic activity.
  • Another misconception is that increasing complexity is the necessary outcome of evolution.
  • One common misconception is that belly dance is inappropriate for certain audiences.
  • But perhaps because they were written quickly, they offer a teachable moment by embedding a common misconception.
  • It's a misconception that vegans and vegetarians can't get enough protein.
  • The problem is her vast misconception of the craft of teaching.
  • The misconception is that almost all poker players are those who are gambling addicts who also do slot machines and craps.
British Dictionary definitions for misconception


a false or mistaken view, opinion, or attitude
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misconception

1660s, from mis- (1) + conception. Related: Misconceptions.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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