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 (mĭs′dĭ-rĕk′shən, -dī-)
1. Inaccurate aim.
2. Incorrect instructions or directions.
3. Law An error made by a judge in charging a jury.


(ˌmɪs dɪˈrɛk ʃən)

1. a wrong direction or guidance.
2. an erroneous charge to the jury by a judge.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.misdirection - an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judgemisdirection - an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge
commission, direction, charge - a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; "the judge's charge to the jury"
2.misdirection - incorrect directions or instructionsmisdirection - incorrect directions or instructions
instruction, direction - a message describing how something is to be done; "he gave directions faster than she could follow them"
3.misdirection - management that is careless or inefficientmisdirection - management that is careless or inefficient; "he accomplished little due to the mismanagement of his energies"
management, direction - the act of managing something; "he was given overall management of the program"; "is the direction of the economy a function of government?"
screwup - the complete mismanagement or mishandling of a situation; "a typical bureaucratic screwup"
4.misdirection - the act of distractingmisdirection - the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something; "conjurers are experts at misdirection"
revision, alteration - the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification); "it would require a drastic revision of his opinion"


[ˌmɪsdɪˈrekʃən] N [of operation, scheme] → mala dirección f; [of resources] → mala administración f, mal manejo m


(of letter) (= sending to wrong address)Fehlleiten nt; (= addressing wrongly)falsche Adressierung; (of energies)falscher Einsatz, Vergeudung f; (of person) (= sending astray)falsche Richtungsweisung; (= misinforming)falsche Information, falsche Unterrichtung
(of campaign, operation)schlechte Durchführung
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However, in the real world there are gangs of light-fingered lowlifes who rely on cunning, the power of misdirection and teamwork to relieve hard-working folks of their cash.
Assertions that the church does not currently have a big problem are self-serving misdirection, as events this March in Philadelphia clearly demonstrated.
It is hypothesized that autism patients, who do not "pick up" on nonverbal cues, will not be fooled by misdirection and will be able to spot the maneuver underlying the trick.
Sleights-of-hand and mental conundrums might not compare to wands that shoot magical fire and can turn people into rats but, as this show proves, the power of misdirection can be a beautiful thing.
All this contributed to a partial notification and misdirection of the County's over 500 member highly trained volunteer firefighting force.