misdefine

verb
mis·​de·​fine | \ ˌmis-di-ˈfīn How to pronounce misdefine (audio) \
misdefined; misdefining

Definition of misdefine

transitive verb

: to incorrectly identify or set forth the meaning of (something, such as a word) : to define wrongly a term that is often misdefined in textbooks … and misdefine what it means to engage in quid pro quo.— Olympia Meola

First Known Use of misdefine

1813, in the meaning defined above

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“Misdefine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdefine. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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