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[mis-ahy-den-tuh-fahy, -i-den-] /ˌmɪs aɪˈdɛn təˌfaɪ, -ɪˈdɛn-/
verb (used with object), misidentified, misidentifying.
to identify incorrectly.
1890-95; mis-1 + identify
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misidentification, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for misidentify
  • Moreover, they misidentify that cause: it is not poverty as such, but inequality.
  • The debtor is attempting to limit the accrual of interest on support debts or attempting to misidentify the status of a debt.
  • If they misidentify an animal during hunting and end up shooting an illegal bird or mammal, they can be fined.
  • Similar patient names can cause caregivers to misidentify patients or mislabel specimens.
  • In some cases, it will misidentify specific partners within a partner household.
Word Origin and History for misidentify
1895, from mis- (1) + identify.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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