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misapply

[mis-uh-plahy] /ˌmɪs əˈplaɪ/
verb (used with object), misapplied, misapplying.
1.
to make a wrong application or use of.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; mis-1 + apply
Related forms
misapplication
[mis-ap-li-key-shuh n] /ˌmɪs æp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
misapplier, noun
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Examples from the web for misapply
  • Granted, many misapply it and can use it negatively.
  • The mistake comes when one or the other realms tries to misapply its own way of gathering knowledge to the others.
  • The indictment alleges a twofold scheme to misapply the funds.
  • Thus, the district court did not misapply the guidelines.
  • Instead, he merely argues that his lawyer's negligence caused the appeals court to misapply the law.
  • There are occasional instances where administrators either do not know the law or misapply it.
  • The district court did not misinterpret or misapply the law.
  • However, such an argument would misapply this exception.
  • Trial courts continue to misapply the term community control when actually referring to judicial release.
British Dictionary definitions for misapply

misapply

/ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ/
verb (transitive) -plies, -plying, -plied
1.
to apply wrongly or badly
2.
another word for misappropriate
Derived Forms
misapplication (ˌmɪsæplɪˈkeɪʃən) noun
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