Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To estimate incorrectly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To estimate erroneously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To estimate erroneously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To estimate erroneously.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. calculate incorrectly
  • v. judge incorrectly

Etymologies

mis- +‎ estimate (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In most actions, dogs do not grossly misestimate their abilities.

    INSIDE OF A DOG

  • For many people, the a risky 3% gambling opportunity might just look like it could pay off, if they misestimate the size of the risk involved in a copycat business.

    Daily Links, March 25, 2007

  • For many people, a risky 3% gambling opportunity might just look like it could pay off, if they misestimate the size of the risk involved in a copycat business.

    Daily Links, March 25, 2007

  • Inside of 100 yards, you can be 6 inches off if you misestimate the wind or drop, and you'll still hit a deer in the vitals.

    Firstest With the Mostest

  • Because of hostility and resentment, I may misestimate or entirely misunderstand someone else's attitude toward me, suspecting them of trying to do me in, when in fact there is nothing to the suggestion.

    Warranted Christian Belief

  • I would not have survived had not Roebuck and his crowd been at the same time making an even more colossal misestimate of me than I was making of them.

    The Deluge

  • So may one great poet, —and he, snow-pure from taint of envy or malice, —misunderstand and misestimate another!

    Notes

  • We either ought not to pretend to scientific forms, or we ought to study all the determining agencies equally, and endeavor, so far as it can be done, to include all of them within the pale of the science; else we shall infallibly bestow a disproportionate attention upon those which our theory takes into account, while we misestimate the rest, and probably underrate their importance.

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive

  • In this Class, there is not, as in all other fallacies there is, a positive misestimate of evidence actually had.

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive

  • I believe we misestimate Mahomet's faults even as faults: but the secret of him will never be got by dwelling there.

    Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History

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