Definition of misapply in English:

misapply

verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually be misapplied
  • Use (something) for the wrong purpose or in the wrong way.

    ‘once new technology is adopted, it is often underused or misapplied’
    • ‘The Board did not misinterpret or misapply the evidentiary burden cast on the Respondent.’
    • ‘The best known contemporary statement on the subject is Andy Warhol's, but it is routinely misapplied.’
    • ‘One customer would defect if you misapplied his herbicide, while another understands that everyone makes mistakes.’
    • ‘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 concept is good but it was misapplied in Zambia.’
    • ‘The fact that a national court might, on occasion, misapply the criteria, intentionally or unintentionally, does not render the exercise a failure.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are claims that when provinces receive the money they do not disburse it immediately, the funds are misapplied.’
    • ‘There is also the tendency by our people to misapply assistance provided by well-wishers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is wrong because he misapplies the statistics.’
    • ‘But I wonder if his prescription fits the problem as neatly as the book suggests, and I worry that people will misapply his message.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 basis of this therapy is that patterns of coping behaviour learned in one setting are then misapplied in changed circumstances.’
    • ‘Thousands of people have been wrongly refused help with the costs of care because authorities have misapplied the means tests.’
    • ‘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.’
    misuse, make bad use of, mishandle, misemploy, misappropriate, abuse, exploit, pervert, prostitute
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Pronunciation

misapply

/ˌmisəˈplī//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ/