misleading, present participle; misled, past participle; misleads, 3rd person singular present; misled, past tense;
Cause (someone) to have a wrong idea or impression about someone or something
the government misled the public about the road's environmental impact
lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions; "The pedestrian misdirected the out-of-town driver"
misinform: give false or misleading information to
(misleading) deceptive: designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently; "the deceptive calm in the eye of the storm"; "deliberately deceptive packaging"; "a misleading similarity"; "statistics can be presented in ways that are misleading"; "shoddy business practices"
Deception, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, and subterfuge are acts to propagate beliefs that are not true, or not the whole truth (as in half-truths or omission). Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda, sleight of hand. It can employ distraction, camouflage or concealment. ...
To lead astray, in a false direction; To deceive by telling lies or otherwise giving a false impression; To deceptively trick into something wrong; To accidentally or intentionally confuse
(misleading) inviting a false belief
Misleading is when a person tells a statement that isn't an outright lie, but still has the purpose of making someone believe in an untruth.
To lead astray in action or conduct, to lead into error, to cause to err; A representation may be literally true but misleading