misapply

[mis-uh-plahy]
verb (used with object), misapplied, misapplying.
to make a wrong application or use of.

Origin:
1565–75; mis-1 + apply

misapplication [mis-ap-li-key-shuhn] , noun
misapplier, noun
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misapply (ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ)
 
vb , -plies, -plying, -plied
1.  to apply wrongly or badly
2.  another word for misappropriate
 
misapplication
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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