Use Misunderstanding in a sentence



1400–50; late Middle English; see mis-1, understanding

misunderstandingly, adverb

1. misapprehension, error, misconception. 2. discord, difference, difficulty, dissension.

2. concord.
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verb (used with object), misunderstood, misunderstanding.
to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of.

1150–1200; Middle English misunderstanden. See mis-1, understand

misunderstander, noun

1. misconstrue, misapprehend, misinterpret.
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misunderstand (ˌmɪsʌndəˈstænd)
vb , -stands, -standing, -stood
to fail to understand properly

misunderstanding (ˌmɪsʌndəˈstændɪŋ)
1.  a failure to understand properly
2.  a disagreement

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Word Origin & History

c.1200; see mis- (1) + understand. Misunderstanding "dissention, disagreement" is first recorded 1642.
"When misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood." [Lionel Trilling]
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Example sentences
Keep in mind that your idea and the department's idea of what you need may
  differ simply out of misunderstanding or ignorance.
And the key misunderstanding is that the nothing-to-hide argument views privacy
  in this troublingly particular, partial way.
The idea that teachers' unions are fighting school reform is an unfortunate
Nothing wrong with that, but there is also the potential for misunderstanding.
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