misattribute

verb

mis·​at·​trib·​ute ˌmis-ə-ˈtri-ˌbyüt How to pronounce misattribute (audio)
-byət
misattributed; misattributing

transitive verb

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misattribute was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Misattribute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misattribute. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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