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

  • n. Inaccurate aim.
  • n. Incorrect instructions or directions.
  • n. Law An error made by a judge in charging a jury.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of misleading, of convincing someone to concentrate in an incorrect direction.
  • n. An error of law within a judgement committed by a judge or judges of a lower court, particularly as found by an appeals court

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of directing wrongly, or the state of being so directed.
  • n. An error of a judge in charging the jury on a matter of law.
  • n. The direction of another's attention to an unimportant place or matter, for the purpose of being able to perform an action undetected.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of misdirecting, or the state of being misdirected; wrong direction; an erroneous indication, guidance, or instruction: as, the misdirection of a letter; a judge's misdirections to the jury.

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

  • n. management that is careless or inefficient
  • n. incorrect directions or instructions
  • n. the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something
  • n. an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge


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