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misguided

adjective
     
mis‧guid‧ed
1 intended to be helpful but in fact making a situation worse:
He described the government's economic policy as misguided.
a misguided attempt to bring her parents back together
2 a misguided idea or opinion is wrong because it is based on a wrong understanding of a situation:
His parents still clung to the misguided belief that his common sense would keep him out of serious trouble.
misguidedly adverb:
The company misguidedly thought that expansion was the best way to survive.

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