misguided

[mis-gahy-did]
adjective
misled; mistaken: Their naive actions were a misguided attempt to help the poor.

Origin:
1480–90; misguide + -ed2

misguidedly, adverb
misguidedness, noun
unmisguided, adjective
unmisguidedly, adverb
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misguide

[mis-gahyd]
verb (used with object), misguided, misguiding.
to guide wrongly; misdirect.

Origin:
1325–75; mis-1 + guide; replacing Middle English misgien; see guy2

misguidance, noun
misguider, noun
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misguide (ˌmɪsˈɡaɪd)
 
vb
(tr) to guide or direct wrongly or badly
 
mis'guidance
 
n
 
mis'guider
 
n

misguided (ˌmɪsˈɡaɪdɪd)
 
adj
foolish or unreasonable, esp in action or behaviour
 
mis'guidedly
 
adv

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misguide
late 14c., "to go astray;" see mis- (1) + guide (v.). Transitive sense of "to guide in the wrong direction" is first attested c.1500. Misguided "erring in purpose or action" is from 1650s.
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Example sentences
It's an uncomfortably deluded place, imbued with an aggressively misguided
  value system.
The truth of the matter is that society in general has this misguided notion
  that being in prison is a cake walk.
Misguided imperial aggression has regularly been advocated by experts of
  formidable erudition.
My candidates are incentive problems, poor policy decisions, and misguided
  economic theorizing.
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