misconception


misconception
noun (C, U) an idea which is wrong or untrue, but which people believe because they do not understand it properly (+ that): the misconception that unemployment can be cured by government intervention | a popular/common misconception (=a wrong idea that a lot of people believe): It is a popular misconception that eye problems result in headaches.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Misconception — may refer to: Misconception (Law Order), an episode of Law Order See also Misconceptions, an unaired television series produced for The WB List of common misconceptions All pages with titles containing Misconception …   Wikipedia

  • Misconception — Mis con*cep tion, n. Erroneous conception; false opinion; wrong understanding. Harvey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misconception — index catachresis, confusion (ambiguity), error, fallacy, misapplication, misestimation, misjudgment …   Law dictionary

  • misconception — (n.) 1660s, from MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + CONCEPTION (Cf. conception). Related: Misconceptions …   Etymology dictionary

  • misconception — [n] wrong idea, impression delusion, error, fallacy, fault, misapprehension, misconstruction, misinterpretation, mistake, mistaken belief, misunderstanding; concepts 409,689 Ant. comprehension, perception, understanding …   New thesaurus

  • misconception — ► NOUN ▪ a false or mistaken idea or belief …   English terms dictionary

  • misconception — UK [ˌmɪskənˈsepʃ(ə)n] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms misconception : singular misconception plural misconceptions a wrong belief or opinion as a result of not understanding something The question is open to misconception. a… …   English dictionary

  • misconception — mis|con|cep|tion [ˌmıskənˈsepʃən] n [U and C] an idea which is wrong or untrue, but which people believe because they do not understand the subject properly = ↑fallacy →↑preconception popular/common misconception ▪ There is a popular… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • misconception — mis|con|cep|tion [ ,mıskən sepʃən ] noun count or uncount a wrong belief or opinion as a result of not understanding something: The question is open to misconception. misconception that: the misconception that men prefer slim women a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • misconception — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ common, popular, widespread ▪ fundamental ▪ big, great, major (esp. AmE) VERB + MISCONCEPTION …   Collocations dictionary


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