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misleading

[mis-lee-ding] /mɪsˈli dɪŋ/
adjective
1.
deceptive; tending to mislead.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; mislead + -ing2
Related forms
misleadingly, adverb
misleadingness, noun

mislead

[mis-leed] /mɪsˈlid/
verb (used with object), misled, misleading.
1.
to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray.
2.
to lead into error of conduct, thought, or judgment.
verb (used without object), misled, misleading.
3.
to be misleading; tend to deceive:
vague directions that often mislead.
Origin
before 1050; Middle English misleden, Old English mislǣdan. See mis-1, lead1
Related forms
misleader, noun
unmisled, adjective
Synonyms
1. misguide, misdirect. 2. delude, deceive.
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British Dictionary definitions for misleading

mislead

/mɪsˈliːd/
verb (transitive) -leads, -leading, -led
1.
to give false or misleading information to
2.
to lead or guide in the wrong direction
Derived Forms
misleader, noun

misleading

/mɪsˈliːdɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to confuse or mislead; deceptive
Derived Forms
misleadingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for misleading
adj.

1630s, present participle adjective from mislead.

mislead

v.

Old English mislædan "to mislead," common Germanic compound (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch misleiden, Old High German misseleiten, German missleiten, Danish mislede); see mis- (1) + lead (v.). Related: misleading; misled.

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