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1. A misplaced or awkward step.
2. An instance of wrong or improper conduct; a blunder.
intr.v. mis·stepped, mis·step·ping, mis·steps
To make a mistake.


1. a false step
2. an error



1. a wrong step.
2. an error or slip in conduct.
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Noun1.misstep - an unintentional but embarrassing blundermisstep - an unintentional but embarrassing blunder; "he recited the whole poem without a single trip"; "he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later"; "confusion caused his unfortunate misstep"
blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake


An act or thought that unintentionally deviates from what is correct, right, or true:
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The oftener the measure is brought under examination, the greater the diversity in the situations of those who are to examine it, the less must be the danger of those errors which flow from want of due deliberation, or of those missteps which proceed from the contagion of some common passion or interest.
Weaker and weaker became the struggles of them all, when a sudden misstep sent Bulan stumbling headforemost against the stem of a tree, where, stunned, he sank unconscious, at the mercy of the relentless bulls.
Many a man, the victim of a slip or a misstep, has plunged down on of these and met his death.
Thus working his way along, he at length found himself close to a marsh, or what he knew would soon become a marsh, for night had set in some hours before, and he fell by a sudden misstep into a thick, clinging mire.
From tree to tree the agile creatures sprang like flying squirrels, while the cold sweat stood upon my brow as I glimpsed the depths beneath, into which a single misstep on the part of either of my bearers would hurl me.
He could see nothing of his surroundings and felt nothing but the smooth, worn sides and rungs of the ladder down which he felt his way cautiously lest a broken rung or a misstep should hurl him downward.
No more in her spiritual life than in carrying the hundredweights of grain was there a possibility of a misstep or an overbalancing.
Uber is seeking to move past a series of scandals and missteps and reform its board structure as it gears up for a 2019 public share offering.
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There will be missteps and criticisms that would come her way, but Senator Grace Poe should get used to it if she's planning to run for a higher office next year, two senators have said.
How can I get the senior partners to recognize that constantly explaining past missteps takes time away from helping them with the important projects?