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[mis-uh-lahynd] /ˌmɪs əˈlaɪnd/
improperly aligned.
Origin of misaligned
1945-50; misalign + -ed2
Related forms
misalignment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misaligned
  • Though his spine appears curved, it was probably misaligned during embalming.
  • After the operations, my eyes looked cosmetically straight but they were still slightly misaligned.
  • Additional series of tests were done where participants were asked to remember pictures of either inverted or misaligned faces.
  • But the kittens in these studies had strabismus, or misaligned eyes.
  • The accident is believed to have been caused by a misaligned floor mat that became trapped under the accelerator.
  • First, our regional power grids are overstressed and misaligned.
  • Since that mangling, his gimpy back has defined and misaligned his relationship with the world.
  • Microeconomic insights can be drawn from the way that misaligned incentives in the financial industry contributed to the crunch.
  • But it might take three to five years for a misaligned exchange rate to move even halfway back into line.
  • Everywhere you looked, moreover, incentives were misaligned.
British Dictionary definitions for misaligned


placed or positioned wrongly or badly
Derived Forms
misalignment, noun
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Word Origin and History for misaligned

1903, from mis- (1) + past participle of align.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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