misunderstanding

A misunderstanding is what happens when you don't comprehend something correctly. It's also another name for a disagreement, like the misunderstanding you and your sister had about whose turn it was to do the dishes.

The result of not clearly understanding someone or something is a misunderstanding. A misunderstanding between teammates can lead to dropped passes and lost points, and a misunderstanding of the pool rules can get you benched for doing a cannonball in the shallow end. You can also call a minor argument a misunderstanding.

Definitions of misunderstanding
  1. noun
    an understanding of something that is not correct
    “there must be some misunderstanding--I don't have a sister”
    synonyms: misapprehension, mistake
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    type of:
    misconception
    an incorrect conception
  2. noun
    putting the wrong interpretation on
    synonyms: misinterpretation, mistaking
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    types:
    imbroglio
    a very embarrassing misunderstanding
    misconstrual, misconstruction
    a kind of misinterpretation resulting from putting a wrong construction on words or actions (often deliberately)
    misreading
    misinterpretation caused by inaccurate reading
    type of:
    interpretation
    an explanation that results from interpreting something
  3. noun
    a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters
    synonyms: disagreement, dissension, dissonance
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    Antonyms:
    accord, agreement
    harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters
    types:
    disunity
    lack of unity (usually resulting from dissension)
    divide
    a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)
    type of:
    conflict
    a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests
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