Definition of misapply in English:


verbmisapplying, misapplies, misapplied

[with object]
  • Use (something) for the wrong purpose or in the wrong way.

    ‘once new technology is adopted, it is often underused or misapplied’
    • ‘Thousands of people have been wrongly refused help with the costs of care because authorities have misapplied the means tests.’
    • ‘Solicitors and other fiduciary agents who fraudulently misapply moneys of their clients often expect, or hope, that no loss will ultimately result to the client.’
    • ‘The concept is good but it was misapplied in Zambia.’
    • ‘One customer would defect if you misapplied his herbicide, while another understands that everyone makes mistakes.’
    • ‘There is also the tendency by our people to misapply assistance provided by well-wishers.’
    • ‘The fact that a national court might, on occasion, misapply the criteria, intentionally or unintentionally, does not render the exercise a failure.’
    • ‘But for quite some time now, we have been hearing of lawyers misapplying clients' money and involving themselves in activities that tarnish their professional image.’
    • ‘The best known contemporary statement on the subject is Andy Warhol's, but it is routinely misapplied.’
    • ‘If a bad law is written, or a good law is misapplied, and we know about it, we can change that.’
    • ‘Yes, but to you blame the magistrate for misapplying the law, or do you blame the law itself?’
    • ‘The Board did not misinterpret or misapply the evidentiary burden cast on the Respondent.’
    • ‘He is wrong because he misapplies the statistics.’
    • ‘It was an offence to table such documents for verification as such reports were all stamped ‘strictly confidential’ and as a result some people took advantage of the veil of secrecy to divert or simply misapply resources.’
    • ‘Applying ideas from fields other than one's own may not put one's life or health at risk but it can be a risky business: one can take concepts out of context or misapply them; one can also choose poorly in terms of concepts or theories.’
    • ‘However, we found no evidence that the funds of the Appeal were misapplied (other than the payment of some unauthorised benefits to trustees which were made in good faith).’
    • ‘The basis of this therapy is that patterns of coping behaviour learned in one setting are then misapplied in changed circumstances.’
    • ‘And, as we've shown more than once, we're perfectly capable of punishing both soldiers who abuse our trust and leaders who misapply it.’
    • ‘But I wonder if his prescription fits the problem as neatly as the book suggests, and I worry that people will misapply his message.’
    • ‘There are claims that when provinces receive the money they do not disburse it immediately, the funds are misapplied.’
    • ‘His Honour did not misapprehend the facts, he did not misapply legal principle, he did not miscalculate the damages, nor did he err in the exercise of his discretion.’
    misuse, make bad use of, mishandle, misemploy, misappropriate, abuse, exploit, pervert, prostitute
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