from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mistaken thought, idea, or notion; a misunderstanding.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Erroneous conception; false opinion; misunderstanding.
  • noun Synonyms Misunderstanding, misapprehension, mistake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Erroneous conception; false opinion; wrong understanding.

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  • noun a mistaken belief, a wrong idea

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  • noun an incorrect conception


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misconceive + -tion


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  • Surprised this wasn't listed by anyone before. I was using it as a vehicle for

    "What a strange misconception has been taught to people....that one cannot be disciplined enough to discover the truth unless one is indifferent to it....there is no point in looking for the truth unless what it is makes a difference."

    --in K. C. Cole, "The Scientific Aesthetic", Discover 4(12): 54, 63

    November 30, 2007

  • I disagree with Cole, because what makes no difference to one person might make a difference to another; truth isn't relative, but its application is. Indifference, meanwhile, is a beneficial quality in an arbiter (or "discoverer") of truth.

    November 30, 2007