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[mis-kuh n-sep-shuh n] /ˌmɪs kənˈsɛp ʃən/
an erroneous conception; mistaken notion.
1655-65; mis-1 + conception Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misconceptions
  • The results of the new study reverses one of the long-standing misconceptions about birds and their evolution.
  • But unfortunately there seems to be spread abroad certain misconceptions-Times.
  • misconceptions about the spread of swine flu are enough to make the pork industry sick.
  • Some of the things that get out there, there's probably misconceptions because we're family.
  • The real problem is not misconceptions, but ignorance.
  • The first student should then correct any misconceptions.
  • Invite groups to share their conclusions and clarify any misconceptions.
  • Despite misconceptions, hybrids never have to be plugged in to any type of electricity source.
  • Have students share their responses, and address any misconceptions.
  • Record student answers on the board and then clarify any misconceptions.
British Dictionary definitions for misconceptions


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 misconceptions



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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