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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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