misclassify

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

Definition of misclassify

transitive verb

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

Other Words from misclassify

misclassified \ ˌmis-​ˈkla-​sə-​ˌfīd How to pronounce misclassified (audio) \ adjective
misclassified workers/employees

First Known Use of misclassify

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Misclassify.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misclassify. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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