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[mis-juhj] /mɪsˈdʒʌdʒ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), misjudged, misjudging.
to judge, estimate, or value wrongly or unjustly.
Origin of misjudge
1525-35; mis-1 + judge
Related forms
misjudger, noun
misjudgingly, adverb
misjudgment; especially British, misjudgement, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misjudge
  • Or you could misjudge the price your customers are willing to pay.
  • Moreover, some companies misjudge when industries are mature.
  • Children are more difficult to see around parked cars, and they can dart out into traffic or misjudge when it's safe to cross.
  • Even the best water enthusiasts can misjudge changing water conditions when boating or swimming in open water.
  • As a result, consumers may misjudge their level of intoxication and engage in risky behavior such as driving while intoxicated.
  • They may have trouble judging distance and bump into things or misjudge steps.
  • Even experienced abusers may misjudge their dosage and overdose because of the higher purity of the heroin.
  • When the speed limit is high, drivers making left turns can sometimes seriously misjudge the speed of oncoming traffic.
  • Hunters accustomed to deer-sized animals can easily misjudge an elk's distance.
  • Even experts can misjudge how steep a running slope or cross slope is if they do not use a level.
British Dictionary definitions for misjudge


to judge (a person or persons) wrongly or unfairly
Derived Forms
misjudger, noun
misjudgment, misjudgement, noun
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Word Origin and History for misjudge

early 15c.; see mis- (1) + judge (v.). Related: Misjudged; misjudging.

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