misclassification

noun

mis·​clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌmis-ˌkla-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce misclassification (audio)
plural misclassifications
: an act or instance of wrongly assigning someone or something to a group or category : incorrect classification
Cracking down on the misclassification of workers so that those mislabeled as "independent contractors" can become unionizable employees. Harold Meyerson

Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misclassification was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Misclassification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misclassification. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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