misidentify

[mis-ahy-den-tuh-fahy, -i-den-]
verb (used with object), misidentified, misidentifying.
to identify incorrectly.

Origin:
1890–95; mis-1 + identify

misidentification, noun
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Example sentences
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.
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