from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A statement that is false. Usually indicating an error rather than an intentional lie.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An incorrect statement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wrong statement; an erroneous account or relation: as, a misstatement of facts in testimony, or of accounts in a report.

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

  • n. a statement that contains a mistake


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • If their misstatement is designed to mislead others, then they are lying; if not, then they are merely mistaken.

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  • I love how "bald" modifies the euphemism "misstatement" - how does one blatantly and emphatically make a "misstatement"?

    Rumsfeld says Obama made 'bald misstatement'

  • That scares and angers us more than any so-called misstatement about the mood of the country.


  • Not everyone thinks walking back a misstatement is a sign of weakness.

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  • Nothing Biden said was characterized as a misstatement, though McCain campaign blogger found 14. - Exposing Liberal Media Bias

  • Nothing Biden said was characterized as a misstatement, though McCain campaign blogger Biden incorrectly said "John McCain voted the exact same way" as Obama on a controversial troop funding bill.

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  • As well as the "misstatement" on WMDs, he expresses regret over one of his most famous comments about Iraq: "stuff happens".

    Donald Rumsfeld book admits 'misstatements' over WMD sites

  • I think the polls reflect too much the tabloid side of politics, the up and down of who's had the latest gaffe or "misstatement," whereas the SuperDel count is an inexorable march (too slow, in my opinion) to backing the right candidate.

    Obama picks up Texas superdelegate

  • The campaign failed to foresee that small states could matter, that small donors could matter, that caucus states could matter, that this might not be wrapped up by super Tuesday (what would they do if Iran behaved differently than they did foresee?), the stories will be fact checked, that repeating a "misstatement" does not make it true, that a leader is shielded in a cocoon of trusted advisors, where loyalty trumps competence?!

    Hospital Says Story Told By Hillary Is False

  • I highly doubt that any Obama supporters are going to vote for Hillary because of Obama's "misstatement" about the questionnaire.

    Hospital Says Story Told By Hillary Is False


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