misapplication

noun mis·ap·pli·ca·tion \ ˌmis-ˌa-plə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of misapplication

plural misapplications
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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