Definition of misplaced in English:



  • 1Incorrectly positioned.

    ‘a million dollars had been lost because of a misplaced comma’
    • ‘Bad spellings, misplaced commas and apostrophes may be acceptable in text messages.’
    • ‘Incorrect signs and misplaced cones as part of restrictions put in place by Richmond upon Thames Council on rugby days led drivers to believe they couldn't park in Crown Road.’
    • ‘A cloying Riverside surface hardly explained the endless procession of misplaced passes, unimaginative runs and poor first touches.’
    • ‘There were plenty of people around during the installation who could and should have seen the missing and misplaced letters, she said.’
    • ‘After a few hours had passed the women had finally cleaned out all the misplaced artifacts and had them in a large pile in the middle of the main room.’
    • ‘The players got tired and there were a few misplaced passes setting the opposition up.’
    • ‘City were getting closer and a misplaced pass by Tony Barras set Ward away.’
    • ‘This road is obviously too narrow as is the pavement to accommodate this hazardous, ill-conceived and misplaced hazard.’
    • ‘A misplaced pass by Bloom led to Wilson being played into the box and his low shot nestled into the far corner of the net.’
    • ‘Their game was characterised by misplaced passes and a directionless attacking approach.’
    • ‘INA recently won a grievance to place all nurses misplaced on the salary schedule in their appropriate slot.’
    • ‘At one point, he sprinted fifteen yards to recover his own misplaced pass, doing so and turning in frustration when a foul was given.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was just to see what kind of opportunity the next misplaced pass might set up for the opposition.’
    • ‘It was really quite strange how greatly a misplaced comma could anger him.’
    • ‘They had five against two in the last third of the pitch but, after a misplaced pass, the chance was gone.’
    • ‘Rosser had a run from the back but the move broke down following a misplaced pass.’
    • ‘Can we roll back the tide of misplaced apostrophes and commas?’
    • ‘A misplaced comma may be obscuring the meaning of this reference.’
    • ‘The game then degenerated into a real mishmash of misplaced passes and precious few chances.’
    • ‘Every misplaced apostrophe will be moved to its proper position.’
    1. 1.1Not appropriate or correct in the circumstances.
      ‘a telling sign of misplaced priorities’
      • ‘So it now falls upon me to correct the angry and misplaced insinuations in his letter, one by one.’
      • ‘Examples of skewed or misplaced fiscal priorities abound.’
      • ‘Then again, misplaced priorities in the corridors of power should seldom shock us, of course.’
      • ‘We all want to join the political and economic A list but if what we give up on the way is the freedom to determine what sets us apart, then perhaps our priorities have been misplaced.’
      • ‘Some feel this has facilitated the type of climate of misplaced priorities.’
      • ‘To the extent that this encourages swift justice, it is good - at the same time, there's some obviously misplaced priorities there.’
      • ‘She went on to ask if this sort of bad behaviour was the result of misplaced priorities, of too much doctrine and too little demand that we treat each other with respect.’
      • ‘Perhaps there're some majorly misplaced priorities here.’
      • ‘Democrats said the fact that the House was devoting almost a full day to the proposal illustrated the misplaced priorities of the Republican majority.’
      • ‘More important, there is the matter of misplaced priorities.’
      • ‘It's extremely subjective and it's extremely seductive and more often than not, it's extremely misplaced as graphic design.’
      • ‘As a reasonable citizen, what really troubles the professor is that this priority to achieve gender equity in the ranks is an example of grossly misplaced priorities.’
      • ‘As for the second, there are growing signs that the present approach, with its obsession with speed as the cause of road death and injury, is misplaced and excessive.’
      • ‘Last week I wrote about the Administration's misplaced priorities in providing the nation with nuclear security.’
      • ‘I'll say you're wrong, but lots of people have misplaced priorities.’
      • ‘From your description of misplaced government priorities, I consider the odds that your city is a ‘model of good government’ as roughly zero.’
      • ‘It is good to remember that today's small number of really excellent stable funds is a sad commentary on the misplaced priorities of the mutual fund industry.’
      • ‘This is misplaced for a whole host of reasons, but here are a few.’
      • ‘Many midlevel managers' priorities are misplaced, and loyalty to one's agency too often has primacy.’
      • ‘The concern with efficiency turned out to be misplaced; information density is not a very high priority for most organisms.’
      misguided, unwise, misconceived, ill-advised, ill-considered, ill-judged
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    2. 1.2(of an emotion) directed unwisely or to an inappropriate object.
      ‘he began to wonder if his sympathy were misplaced’
      • ‘I found myself experiencing those same misplaced feelings of utter sophistication.’
      • ‘However, the State authorities argue that the apprehensions are misplaced and misguided.’
      • ‘At least if their hateful, despicable views are aired they can be seen publicly for the idiots they are, but if suppressed they feed on fear and misplaced anger and that's how they grow.’
      • ‘And the film manages to capture the painful glory of first love, misplaced love and the temptations of sex over true affection, with a brave and uplifting ending.’
      • ‘One of the points I kept trying to make this week, and again, nobody cares, but, is that we have what I would call misplaced outrage.’
      • ‘While this misplaced loyalty may be admirable, it's a big financial mistake.’
      • ‘Football hooliganism is not about football, or booze, or misplaced passion.’
      • ‘The tragedy is that his emotions are so misplaced.’
      • ‘Many members are fed up with being told they are fools, and the resentment it creates increasingly finds expression in a subcurrent of misplaced nostalgia for old Labour.’
      • ‘They are to be pitied, for they are so blinded by their misplaced rage and fear that they no longer know what they stand for or how to make a stand at all.’
      • ‘Yet, there are times when I wonder if my love is misplaced, if I should temper my affection.’
      • ‘For the first few days I had those misplaced emotions of gratitude and pity.’
      • ‘This culture of misplaced loyalty has become so ingrained in our national psyche that in offices across the country staff are engaged in a battle to see who can stay the latest or arrive the earliest.’
      • ‘Now don't get me wrong, not all of her affection was misplaced.’
      • ‘One of the things that always makes me suspicious about alleged public fibs is misplaced outrage.’
      • ‘This precipitates spirals of misery, anger, and misplaced rage, as they blame society as a whole for their shortcomings.’
      • ‘He left her standing in long grass at the edge of the road; her disappointment in him, no doubt, mirroring his misplaced hope in her.’
      • ‘Not all anger is misplaced, and often it's a healthy, natural response to these difficulties.’
      • ‘The critical venom is almost enough to stir misplaced feelings of cultural loyalty and ties of kinship in even the hardest black heart.’
      • ‘They are still nurturing misplaced nostalgia for the Clinton years and the false hope that if they just keep their mouths shut, the country will yearn for their return.’
  • 2[attributive] Temporarily lost.

    ‘her misplaced keys’
    • ‘Delayed shipments, misplaced orders and lost products were commonplace.’
    • ‘She writes that all this went unacknowledged when her husband screamed at her complaining about missing papers and misplaced pens.’
    • ‘My problems are typical: misplaced keys, forgetting a task while in the middle of it and, of course, name amnesia.’
    • ‘A dog which was run over, a set of misplaced keys and a woman wanting a plumber were just a few of the incidents Bradford's emergency services dealt with this year.’
    • ‘Put your keys or other commonly misplaced objects in the same place every time you set them down.’
    • ‘‘Spells to find wedding rings dropped down wells or misplaced keys can be bought for a pittance,’ he said.’
    • ‘Since we have several lab areas where we work, it's not unheard of to have to backtrack to recover a temporarily misplaced disk.’
    lost, mislaid, missing, nowhere to be found
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