mis·​ap·​prais·​al ˌmis-ə-ˈprā-zəl How to pronounce misappraisal (audio)
plural misappraisals
: the act or an instance of appraising something or someone wrongly : bad or incorrect appraisal
… the misappraisal of risk is one of the most important catalysts of any boom and bust cycle, and … it is complacency that allows the proper assessment of risk to go off course in the first place.Axel Merk

Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misappraisal was in 1911

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“Misappraisal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misappraisal. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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