an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
a misunderstanding or misconception.
1300–30; Middle English mistaken
(v.) < Old Norse mistaka
to take in error. See mis-1
mistaker, nounmistakingly, adverbunmistaking, adjectiveunmistakingly, adverb
Can be confused
inaccuracy, erratum, fault, oversight. Mistake, blunder, error, slip
refer to deviations from right, accuracy, correctness, or truth. A mistake
grave or trivial, is caused by bad judgment or a disregard of rule or principle: It was a mistake to argue.
is a careless, stupid, or gross mistake in action or speech, suggesting awkwardness, heedlessness, or ignorance: Through his blunder the message was lost.
(often interchanged with mistake
) is an unintentional wandering or deviation from accuracy, or right conduct: an error in addition.
is usually a minor mistake made through haste or carelessness: a slip of the tongue. 4.
misconceive, misjudge, err.