misperceive

[mis-per-seev]
verb (used with object), misperceived, misperceiving.
to understand or perceive incorrectly; misunderstand.

Origin:
1920–25; mis-1 + perceive

misperception [mis-per-sep-shuhn] , noun
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misperceive

verb
perceive incorrectly 
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Example sentences
Those who live outside this area misperceive the frequency and severity of hazardous weather in this area.
Further, there is some evidence that entering students misperceive the amount of drinking that occurs among other students.
Some misperceive model airplanes are noisy and dangerous, safety record is outstanding.
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