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misconception

noun [C]     /ˌmɪs.kənˈsep.ʃən/
an idea that is wrong because it has been based on a failure to understand a situation: We hope our work will help to change popular misconceptions about disabled people. [+ that] I'd like to clear up the common misconception that American society is based on money.Misunderstanding
(Definition of misconception noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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