Understanding vs Miscomprehension - What's the difference?

understanding | miscomprehension |

As nouns the difference between understanding and miscomprehension

is that understanding is mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature while miscomprehension is an incorrect understanding of something.

As an adjective understanding

is showing compassion.

As a verb understanding

is present participle of lang=en.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



  • (uncountable) Mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature.
  • (countable) Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.
  • (countable) Opinion, judgement or outlook.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The machine of a new soul , passage=The yawning gap in neuroscientists’ understanding of their topic is in the intermediate scale of the brain’s anatomy. Science has a passable knowledge of how individual nerve cells, known as neurons, work. It also knows which visible lobes and ganglia of the brain do what. But how the neurons are organised in these lobes and ganglia remains obscure.}}
  • (countable) An informal contract, mutual agreement.
  • (countable) A reconciliation of differences.
  • (uncountable) Sympathy.
  • All that people individually sense and feel of themselves.
  • See also

    * intellection


    (en adjective)
  • Showing compassion.
  • Verb

  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: […];  […]; or perhaps to muse on the irrelevance of the borders that separate nation states and keep people from understanding their shared environment.}}




    (en noun)
  • An incorrect understanding of something.
  • Teachers testing with informal reading inventories (selected because of comprehension difficulty unrelated to word recognition) were asked to give explanations for the miscomprehensions of their students.




    * Oxford English Dictionary