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 for mistake
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mistake \Mis*take"\, v. i.
     To err in knowledge, perception, opinion, or judgment; to
     commit an unintentional error.
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           Servants mistake, and sometimes occasion
           misunderstanding among friends.          --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mistake \Mis*take"\ (m[i^]s*t[=a]k"), n.
     1. An apprehending wrongly; a misconception; a
        misunderstanding; a fault in opinion or judgment; an
        unintentional error of conduct.
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              Infallibility is an absolute security of the
              understanding from all possibility of mistake.
                                                    --Tillotson.
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     2. (Law) Misconception, error, which when non-negligent may
        be ground for rescinding a contract, or for refusing to
        perform it.
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     No mistake, surely; without fail; as, it will happen at the
        appointed time, and no mistake. [Low]
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     Syn: Blunder; error; bull. See Blunder.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mistake \Mis*take"\ (m[i^]s*t[=a]k"), v. t. [imp. & obs. p. p.
     Mistook (m[i^]s*t[oo^]k"); p. p. Mistaken
     (m[i^]s*t[=a]k"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Mistaking.] [Pref. mis-
     + take: cf. Icel. mistaka.]
     1. To take or choose wrongly. [Obs. or R.] --Shak.
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     2. To take in a wrong sense; to misunderstand misapprehend,
        or misconceive; as, to mistake a remark; to mistake one's
        meaning. --Locke.
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              My father's purposes have been mistook. --Shak.
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     3. To substitute in thought or perception; as, to mistake one
        person for another.
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              A man may mistake the love of virtue for the
              practice of it.                       --Johnson.
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     4. To have a wrong idea of in respect of character,
        qualities, etc.; to misjudge.
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              Mistake me not so much,
              To think my poverty is treacherous.   --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mistake
      n 1: a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or
           inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to
           point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in
           spite of his grammatical faults" [syn: mistake, error,
           fault]
      2: an understanding of something that is not correct; "he wasn't
         going to admit his mistake"; "make no mistake about his
         intentions"; "there must be some misunderstanding--I don't
         have a sister" [syn: mistake, misunderstanding,
         misapprehension]
      3: part of a statement that is not correct; "the book was full
         of errors" [syn: error, mistake]
      v 1: identify incorrectly; "Don't mistake her for her twin
           sister" [syn: mistake, misidentify]
      2: to make a mistake or be incorrect [syn: err, mistake,
         slip]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  97 Moby Thesaurus words for "mistake":
     bad job, bevue, bloomer, blooper, blunder, bobble, boggle,
     bonehead play, boner, boo-boo, boob, botch, bungle, clanger,
     clerical error, clumsy performance, contort, corrigendum, distort,
     erratum, error, etourderie, failure, false step, fault, faute,
     faux pas, flub, fluff, foozle, fumble, gaffe, garble, gaucherie,
     get one wrong, get wrong, gloss, goof, hash, howler, human error,
     indiscretion, make a miscue, make a mistake, mess, misapply,
     misapprehend, misapprehension, miscalculation, miscarriage,
     miscite, misconceive, misconception, misconstrue, miscount, miscue,
     misdeal, misdeem, misexplain, misexplicate, misexpound,
     misidentification, misidentify, misinterpret, misjudge,
     misjudgment, misplay, misprint, misquotation, misquote, misread,
     misrender, misreport, miss, misstatement, misstep, mistranslate,
     misunderstand, misunderstanding, misuse, muff, near-miss, off day,
     pervert, sad work, slip, slipup, squeeze, strain the sense,
     stumble, take for, torture, trip, twist the words, typo,
     typographical error, wrench
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MISTAKE, contracts. An error committed in relation to some matter of fact 
  affecting the rights of one of the parties to a contract. 
       2. Mistakes in making a contract are distinguished ordinarily into, 
  first, mistakes as to the motive; secondly, mistakes as to the person, with 
  whom the contract is made; thirdly, as to the subject matter of the 
  contract; and, lastly, mistakes of fact and of law. See Story, Eq. Jur. Sec. 
  110; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.; Ignorance; Motive. 
       3. In general, courts of equity will correct and rectify all mistakes 
  in deeds and contracts founded on good consideration. 1 Ves. 317; 2 Atk. 
  203; Mitf. Pl. 116; 4 Vin. Ab. 277; 13 Vin. Ab. 41; 18 E. Com. Law Reps. 14; 
  8 Com. Digest, 75; Madd. Ch. Prac. Index, h.t.; 1 Story on Eq. ch. 5, p. 
  121; Jeremy's Eq. Jurisd. B. 3, part 2, p. 358. See article Surprise. 
       4. As to mistakes in the names of legatees, see 1 Rop. Leg. 131; Domat, 
  l. 4, t. 2, s. 1, n. 22. As to mistakes made in practice, and as to the 
  propriety or impropriety of taking advantage of them, see Chitt. Pr. Index, 
  h.t. As to mistakes of law in relation to contracts, see 23 Am. Jur. 146 to 
  166. 
  
  

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