noun (C) formal a mistaken belief or a wrong understanding of something: (labour) under a misapprehension (=believe something is true when in fact it is not): I wonder if others are under the misapprehension that screwdrivers used to test electricity are infallible.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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