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[mis-kal-kyuh-leyt] /mɪsˈkæl kyəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), miscalculated, miscalculating.
to calculate or judge incorrectly:
to miscalculate the time required.
Origin of miscalculate
1690-1700; mis-1 + calculate
Related forms
miscalculation, noun
miscalculator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for miscalculation
  • The scariest thing isn't that the machine busted, broke, or that the scientists had made yet another miscalculation.
  • But whichever of the two was his intent, it seems to have been a miscalculation.
  • There are few enticing salads, a miscalculation given the crowd.
  • But the defense lawyer made what turned out to be a miscalculation.
  • Mistakes are inevitable: a typo here, a miscalculation there.
  • The ongoing show trial is another example of the regime's miscalculation.
  • Another, perhaps less loaded, way of putting this is that a war necessarily involves a serious miscalculation on someone's part.
  • She presumes this racist miscalculation of her brilliance happens quite often even though it never makes itself plain.
  • What a blunder this thing has been, win or lose, what a miscalculation on the part of the president.
  • It is a situation with enormous potential for miscalculation, misunderstanding, and tragedy.
British Dictionary definitions for miscalculation


(transitive) to calculate wrongly
Derived Forms
miscalculation, noun
miscalculator, noun
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Word Origin and History for miscalculation

1720, from mis- (1) + calculation.



1705; from mis- (1) + calculate. Related: Miscalculated; miscalculating.

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