misattribute

verb mis·at·trib·ute \ ˌmis-ə-ˈtri-ˌbyüt , -byət \

Definition of misattribute

misattributed; misattributing
: to incorrectly indicate the cause, origin, or creator of (something) : to attribute wrongly
  • There's still dispute about this Canadian species, which was originally misattributed to Connecticut.
  • —Kristin Nord
  • It also suggests that some of the more elegant clocks traditionally assigned to Concord clockmakers have been misattributed.
  • —Kenneth Joel Zogry

First Known Use of misattribute

1851

in the meaning defined above

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