What does misinformation mean?

Definitions for misinformation
-fərˈmeɪ ʃənmis·in·for·ma·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. misinformationnoun

    information that is incorrect


  1. misinformationnoun

    Information that is incorrect.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Misinformationnoun

    False intelligence; false accounts.

    Etymology: from misinform.

    Let not such be discouraged as deserve well, by misinformation of others, perhaps out of envy or treachery. Francis Bacon.

    The vengeance of God, and the indignation of men, will join forces against an insulting baseness, when backed with greatness, and set on by misinformation. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. Misinformation

    Misinformation is incorrect or misleading information. It differs from disinformation, which is deliberately deceptive. Rumors are information not attributed to any particular source, and so are unreliable and often unverified, but can turn out to be either true or false. Even if later retracted, misinformation can continue to influence actions and memory. People may be more prone to believe misinformation because they are emotionally connected to what they are listening to or are reading. The role of social media has made information readily available to society at anytime, and it connects vast groups of people along with their information at one time. Advances in technology has impacted the way people communicate information and the way misinformation is spread. Misinformation has impacts on societies' ability to receive information which then influences our communities, politics, and medical field.


  1. misinformation

    Misinformation is false, inaccurate, or misleading information that is spread, often unintentionally, regardless of whether there is an intent to deceive others. This can include rumors, hoaxes, or inaccuracies that have been misunderstood, misreported, or incorrectly remembered. Misinformation can be spread through various channels, such as social media, print media, word of mouth, or digital communication.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Misinformationnoun

    untrue or incorrect information


  1. Misinformation

    Misinformation is false or inaccurate information that is spread unintentionally. It is distinguished from disinformation by motive in that misinformation is simply erroneous, while disinformation, in contrast, is intended to mislead. When comparing misinformation to disinformation, Jurgen Habermas says that the motives play an active role in the effect the information has. Misinformation may have a less devastating effect in that readers can criticize what they have read and evaluate it as truth or fiction. Authors will also have to give reasoning for their beliefs and support their statements with facts.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of misinformation in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of misinformation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of misinformation in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Fauci:

    The claim, based on no data, juxtaposed on clear-cut clinical data showing that hydroxychloroquine does not work, if one propagates this concept that hydroxychloroquine is highly effective and people take it based on that information, which is incorrect, yes, that would be misinformation or even disinformation that could lead people to take a drug that would not help them, that could possibly hurt them.

  2. Ellen Selkie:

    I think part of the influence that media have on behavior has to do with the amount of exposure. Just in general, the volume of content that is focused on a specific topic or on a specific sort of interpretation of that topic – in this case misinformation – the repeated exposure to any given thing is going to increase the likelihood that it’s going to have an effect.

  3. Rashad Robinson:

    Facebooks governance structure is a threat to the civil rights of its Black users and to the financial interests of its shareholders, lasting change to address the misinformation, discrimination, violent movements and data breaches that put users, especially Black users, at risk cannot be subject to the whims of a single person....Shareholder value is threatened by the companys failure to make fixing civil rights violations an operational priority.

  4. Dee Margo:

    President Donald Trump said' you're a RINO.' I said' no sir, I'm not a RINO.' I said,' I simply corrected the misinformation you were given by( the Texas) attorney general, and that's all I did.

  5. Jens Stoltenberg:

    China is watching closely and learning lessons that may influence its future decisions, china is substantially building up its military forces including nuclear weapons, bullying its neighbors and threatening Taiwan, trying to control critical infrastructure and spreading misinformation about NATO and the war in Ukraine.

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