misdefine

verb mis·de·fine \ ˌmis-di-ˈfīn \

Definition of misdefine

misdefined; misdefining
: 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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