mis·​clas·​si·​fy ˌmis-ˈkla-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce misclassify (audio)
misclassified; misclassifying

transitive verb

: to assign (someone or something) to an incorrect group or category : to classify wrongly
a species misclassified in the wrong genus
misclassified adjective
misclassified workers/employees

Examples of misclassify in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last October, the agency reversed a Trump-era rule that permitted gig-economy employers to misclassify their workforce. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 4 Nov. 2023 But Rhode Island can’t make the sweeping assumption that these employers misclassify workers in good faith while the economic toll on our state’s treasury continues to rack up millions of dollars in unpaid payroll taxes each year. Gregory Mancini, BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2023 Businesses that misclassify workers also can get out of paying taxes to support unemployment benefits for Louisiana workers, forcing businesses that follow the law to shoulder more of the burden. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, 8 Jan. 2021 Many companies have incentives to misclassify these workers as independent contractors in order to reduce costs and risks, not because of a truly transformed nature of work where those so classified are real entrepreneurs or self-standing businesses. David Weil, The Conversation, 9 Jan. 2023 There are times that companies do misclassify employees as independent contractors. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 Yet, mounting evidence indicates these models are significantly flawed and misclassify too many toxic compounds as safe. Jim Corbett, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 Echo-Hawk said law enforcement has historically failed to accurately collect racial and ethnic data and continues to misclassify Indigenous people. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 5 Aug. 2022 An investigation by The Associated Press in March found the system can miss gunfire, misclassify the sounds of fireworks or cars backfiring as shots and can be used in court to mistakenly link someone to a crime. oregonlive, 18 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misclassify was in 1874

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“Misclassify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misclassify. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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