verb (used with object), misplaced, misplacing.
to put in a wrong place.
to put in a place afterward forgotten; lose; mislay.
to place or bestow improperly, unsuitably, or unwisely: to misplace one's trust.

1545–55; mis-1 + place

misplacement, noun

1, 2. See displace. 3. misapply.
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misplace (ˌmɪsˈpleɪs)
1.  to put (something) in the wrong place, esp to lose (something) temporarily by forgetting where it was placed; mislay
2.  (often passive) to bestow (trust, confidence, affection, etc) unadvisedly

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Word Origin & History

1550s, "to assign a wrong position to;" see mis- (1) + place (v.). Of affections, confidence, etc., "to give to a wrong object," it is recorded from 1630s. Related: Misplaced; misplacing.
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Example sentences
These fused kidneys are generally situated in the middle line of the abdomen,
  but may be misplaced as well.
The sure sign of the general decline of an art is the frequent occurrence, not
  of deformity, but of misplaced beauty.
Forgotten was the lesson that human error and misplaced faith in operational
  procedure could produce large-scale oil catastrophe.
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