mis·lead /mis-'lēd/ vb -led /-'led/, -lead·ing
vt: to lead into a mistaken action or belief: to cause to have a false impression
vi: to create a false impression compare deceive

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb bait, be dishonest, befool, beguile, cause error, cheat, corrupt, counterfeit, cozen, create a false impression, cully, deceive, decipere, decoy, defraud, delude, dissemble, distort, double-cross, dupe, ensnare, entrap, fallere, falsify, fib, fool, give a false idea, give a false impression, guide astray, guide into error, guide wrongly, in errorem inducere, lead astray, lead into error, lie, misadvise, misdescribe, misdirect, miseducate, misguide, misinform, misinstruct, misrepresent, misstate, misteach, pervert, practice deception, prevaricate, seduce snare, sophisticate, swindle, take advantage of, take in, tell a falsehood, tell an untruth, trap, trick, varnish II index betray (iead astray), brutalize, circumvent, cloak, confound, confuse (bewilder), corrupt, deceive, defraud, delude, disorient, distort, divert, dupe, ensnare, equivocate, evade (deceive), fabricate (make up), fake, feign, hoodwink, illude, inveigle, lie (falsify), misdirect, misguide, misinform, mislabel, misrepresent, misstate, obscure, overreach, palter, pervert, pettifog, pretend, prevaricate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To give someone the wrong idea or impression about something; to deceive.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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