What does misunderstanding mean?

Definitions for misunderstanding
ˌmɪs ʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋmis·un·der·stand·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. misinterpretation, misunderstanding, mistakingnoun

    putting the wrong interpretation on

    "his misinterpretation of the question caused his error"; "there was no mistaking her meaning"

  2. mistake, misunderstanding, misapprehensionnoun

    an understanding of something that is not correct

    "he wasn't going to admit his mistake"; "make no mistake about his intentions"; "there must be some misunderstanding--I don't have a sister"


  1. misunderstandingnoun

    A mistake as to the meaning of something; erroneous interpretation; misconception.

  2. misunderstandingnoun

    A disagreement; difference of opinion; dissension; quarrel.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Misunderstandingnoun

    Etymology: from misunderstand.

    There is a great misunderstanding betwixt the corpuscular philosophers and the chemists. Boyle.

    Servants mistake, and sometimes occasion misunderstandings among friends. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    Sever the construction of the injury from the point of contempt, imputing it to misunderstanding or fear. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Misunderstanding

    of Misunderstand

  2. Misunderstandingnoun

    mistake of the meaning; error; misconception

  3. Misunderstandingnoun

    disagreement; difference of opinion; dissension; quarrel


  1. Misunderstanding

    "Misunderstanding" is a song by British band Genesis, released on their 1980 album Duke. It reached number 14 in the US and number 42 in the UK.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of misunderstanding in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of misunderstanding in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of misunderstanding in a Sentence

  1. United Nations:

    Humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.

  2. Emma Watson:

    It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is, feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with.

  3. Albert Schweitzer:

    Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.

  4. Joe Biden:

    I've been absolutely clear with President Putin. President Putin has no misunderstanding. If any -- any -- assembled Russian units move across Ukrainian border, that is an invasion. But it will be met with severe and coordinated economic response that I've discussed in detail with our allies, as well as laid out very clearly for President President Putin.

  5. Henry Cavillmight:

    Having seen the reaction to an article in particular about my feelings on dating and the #metoo movement, I just wanted to apologize for any confusion and misunderstanding that this may have created, insensitivity was absolutely not my intention. In light of this I would just like to clarify and confirm to all that I have always and will continue to hold women in the highest of regard, no matter the type of relationship, whether it be friendship, professional, or a significant other.

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    the transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement (as after an upheaval of some kind)
    • A. relocation
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