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[mis-man-ij] /mɪsˈmæn ɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), mismanaged, mismanaging.
to manage incompetently or dishonestly:
to mismanage funds.
Origin of mismanage
1680-90; mis-1 + manage
Related forms
mismanagement, noun
mismanager, noun
mishandle, bungle, botch, maladminister. Unabridged
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  • The country's current floods are far worse because of decades of river and floodplain mismanagement, experts say.
  • The proof of it was the mismanagement of the rebel interests.
  • Political disorder and mismanagement have blocked new industry and investment.
  • Corruption and mismanagement soon prompted a state takeover of the entire city.
  • Our forests suffered in the past from mismanagement, but they are now better managed than ever.
  • He may even feel betrayed by his children, who told him harsh truths about his mismanagement of the business.
  • Rookie controllers, antiquated equipment, and federal mismanagement combine to produce inefficiency and danger.
  • Public anger about toxic food, corporate mismanagement and official corruption has emboldened reporters.
  • Then mismanagement and poor infrastructure put paid to early hopes.
  • The power cuts are largely the result of bad policy and mismanagement.
British Dictionary definitions for mismanagement


(transitive) to manage badly or wrongly
Derived Forms
mismanagement, noun
mismanager, noun
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Word Origin and History for mismanagement

1660s; see mis- (1) + management.



1680s, from mis- (1) + manage. Related: Mismanaged; mismanaging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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