mis·​cal·​cu·​la·​tion ˌmis-ˌkal-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce miscalculation (audio)
plural miscalculations
: a mistake in calculation : wrong calculation
a costly miscalculation
… ruled that utility shareholders, not electricity consumers, must pay for some or all of the miscalculations that resulted in excessive expansion or cost overruns.Peter Nulty

Examples of miscalculation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kluber was one of the notable miscalculations of the Chaim Bloom era. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2023 And that - in more than anything else is what's causing a lot of the uncertainty and risk of miscalculation that could lead to the conflict that nobody wants. CBS News, 10 Sep. 2023 Deterrence and restraint still hold for now, analysts say, and neither side wants all-out war, despite a string of actions in recent months that has raised tensions and the risk of miscalculation to their highest point since 2006. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Sep. 2023 In its day, the LM002 was a freak, an epic miscalculation by a brand that really couldn't afford a dud. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 4 Sep. 2023 This, the former official said, was a grave miscalculation. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2023 Whatever either side’s intentions, however, the risk of miscalculation is terrifying. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2023 At a March 28 Board of Education meeting, Choudhury said concerns about miscalculations of state aid were unfounded, even though the department later revised the numbers. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 21 July 2023 Those challenges should be considered as filmmakers and executives play with various strategies, knowing that miscalculations can lead to major financial blows. Brian Lowry, CNN, 5 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of miscalculation was in 1653

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“Miscalculation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscalculation. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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