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misleading

[mis-lee-ding] /mɪsˈli dɪŋ/
adjective
1.
deceptive; tending to mislead.
Origin of misleading
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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  • The method commonly employed is undoubtedly very convenient, but is somewhat liable to be misleading.

    At the Deathbed of Darwinism Eberhard Dennert
  • But the empty silence of the desert was misleading, as the men in the crater knew.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • But the riverside noises were misleading and his imagination was on fire.

    Dope Sax Rohmer
  • The first is that the readings taken with a hydrometer will then be misleading.

  • But truthfulness is one of the most dangerous—why, this man is misleading you.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for misleading

misleading

/mɪsˈliːdɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to confuse or mislead; deceptive
Derived Forms
misleadingly, adverb

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
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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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