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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a distorted/misleading picture (=one that is not accurate)
▪ The media coverage left many people with a distorted picture.
▪ These figures give a misleading picture of the company’s financial health.
a false/misleading statement (=one that is not true)
▪ She is accused of making false statements to obtain a passport.
a misleading report (=likely to make you believe something that is not true)
▪ This isn’t the first time the industry has published misleading reports based on incomplete data.
a wrong/misleading impression
▪ The advertisement gave a misleading impression of the product.
▪ Travel companies have strongly denied that they are deliberately misleading customers.
▪ Police say a warning was deliberately misleading.
▪ I got howls of protest from readers who thought that I was deliberately misleading them.
▪ It is nevertheless a false equation, and at times a seriously misleading one.
▪ This may, however, be seriously misleading.
▪ To present Methodism as essentially an urban phenomenon is seriously misleading.
▪ Such dichotomous standpoints are, however, somewhat misleading since both groups are involved in policy formulation.
▪ But the appearance of modesty was somewhat misleading.
▪ A particular, and somewhat misleading, borrowing by the Chicago School from the natural world consisted of analogies with plant life.
▪ The name Sheep Street is somewhat misleading.
▪ It is sometimes called the Coriolis force, but this is very misleading.
▪ But this is only part of the story and can be very misleading.
▪ Conclusions drawn from applying statistical techniques to incomplete data may be very misleading.
▪ The appearance from the surface can be very misleading.
▪ But such distinctions can be very misleading indeed.
▪ It is quite impossible, and very misleading to suggest, that pruning can be done according to the calendar.
▪ Nor did these developments give a misleading impression of Soviet influence on world affairs.
▪ Some authorities give the misleading impression that they alone have the absolute right to deliver certain services to the public.
▪ Alpha has a fainter star beside it, giving the misleading impression of a very wide double.
▪ Highlighting these few bureaux may give the misleading impression that they are out of line with the mainstream.
▪ The repertoire on the Erato set, consisting mostly of familiar Mravinsky favourites, may also give a misleading impression.
▪ A misleading impression may be unintended.
▪ Purchasers seeking clearance and other parties submitting information to the regulatory authorities face prosecution if they supply false or misleading information.
▪ Mr Irons and Sheriff Nicholson believe the court's decision was based on misleading information.
▪ He soon learns either to give you misleading information or delay sending in the document.
▪ This I believe stems largely from scaremongering and misleading information given to the industry from various sources.
▪ Thirdly, and most significantly, the Act creates two offences relating to misdescriptions of goods, and misleading statements about services.
▪ A medical tribunal upheld four complaints laid by local health authorities against William McBride, 65, for false and misleading statements.
▪ Wickham had remarked that covert freelance writing for another publication did not justify making a misleading statement during a murder inquiry.
▪ These advertisements contained a number of false and misleading statements.
misleading statistics
▪ Agents often gave a false or misleading description of the houses they were selling.
▪ In court Robbins made misleading statements about his involvement.
▪ It would be misleading to say that the recession will soon be over.
▪ The advertisements were deliberately misleading and false.
▪ The Advertising Review Board says the adverts are deliberately misleading.
▪ The article was deliberately misleading, and the newspaper has apologized.
▪ The holiday brochure is deliberately misleading, because the hotels it shows are not the ones you actually stay in.
▪ These statistics give a misleading impression of what is happening to the economy.
▪ Your diagram is a little misleading, Watson.
▪ Editor's Note: The report was misleading in suggesting Mr Bacon's remarks were made at the inquiry.
▪ He brought undue pressure to bear on his parents by giving them an entirely misleading account of the documents.
▪ The distinction, however, is misleading.
▪ The most misleading figures are those on unemployment.
▪ Whilst we stress the artificial nature of most time-cues, it would be misleading to suggest that natural light is without effect.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Misleading \Mis*lead"ing\, a. Leading astray; delusive.


Mislead \Mis*lead"\ (m[i^]s*l[=e]d"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Misled (m[i^]s*l[e^]d"); p. pr. & vb. n. Misleading.] To lead into a wrong way or path; to lead astray; to guide into error; to cause to mistake; to deceive.

Trust not servants who mislead or misinform you.

To give due light To the mislead and lonely traveler.

Syn: To delude; deceive. See Deceive.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1630s, present participle adjective from mislead.

  1. deceptive or tending to mislead or create a false impression. n. A deception that misleads. v

  2. (present participle of mislead English)


adj. tending to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently; "the deceptive calm in the eye of the storm"; "deliberately deceptive packaging"; "a misleading similarity"; "statistics can be presented in ways that are misleading" [syn: deceptive]

Usage examples of "misleading".

He is quiet, but always appraising, with a gentle laugh--all of it conveniently misleading.

He can play tricks on the reader, hiding important information, misleading and misdirecting, then bringing back forgotten themes and characters at the moment of greatest effect.

In his dandified clerical ensemble and in the company of the farmer-boyish Stewart, Murrell gave a highly misleading first impression.

Without being in any way connected with the Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society, in many cases they permit it to be inferred that they are, thus misleading the public, and many honest inquirers are hence led away from the truths of Theosophy as presented by H.

As all good Queenians know, misleading dying messages and death-plagued tontines soon became staple items in the Queen canon both on radio and in print.

The culminating example is the Dingell hearings which in 1991 led to the Nobel Laureate and Rockefeller President David Baltimore being forced to publicly withdraw a paper he had coauthored five years previously, because the forensic evidence conclusively demonstrated that the lab books on which it was based had been tampered with to give misleading data.

It meant hideous dates and misleading men, but as pathetic as any date could ever be, nothing would be more pathetic than running backward.

All these representations of death, however beautiful, or pathetic, or horrible, are based on superficial appearances, misleading analogies, arbitrary fancies, perturbed sensibilities, not on a firm hold of realities, insight of truth, and philosophical analysis.

Maybe she had tried to buy a child on one of her tripsso many people did, and the kids turned out so badly sometimes: feebleminded, diseased, crazy, the wrong color, with faked IDs and misleading medical histories.

One hung on a cross and died of physical weakness some hours before the two felons who were his hardier fellow sufferers, leaving a teaching compounded of such sweet and fine ideas of conduct, such mystical incomprehensibleness, such misleading inconsistency, that it remained a moral stimulus and an intellectual perplexity, a jungle for heresies and discoveries, for millions of souls for two millennia.

It may be that there have been many moonstruck and misleading ideals that have from time to time perplexed mankind.

Bible are incomplete and somewhat misleading, it is essentially correct in several areas.

The nakedness gave an impression of unity entirely misleading, Calchas thought, seeing how carefully the men were kept within their tribes, Molossians from the mountains of Epirus, Aetolians from the northern shores of the Corinthian Gulf, the seventy from Arcadia under their chief Inachus, speaking a language that did not sound like Greek at all.

And, on the other hand, as we have seen, when positive and negative terms are not contradictory, they are misleading.

Another ideal of science is skepticism: one seeks to identify unquestioned assumptions, to question common sense, and to critically examine appearances themselves, for they have often been found to be misleading.