mis·​ap·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌmis-ˌa-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce misapplication (audio) \
plural misapplications

Definition of misapplication

1 : the act or an instance of applying something incorrectly or improperly a misapplication of the law herbicide misapplication
2 : the act or an instance of misusing or spending something (such as public money) without proper authority … a bank president was convicted of misapplication after he programmed the bank's computer not to debit his personal checking account when it would otherwise have been overdrawn.— Stanley S. Arkin

First Known Use of misapplication

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Misapplication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misapplication. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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