misdevelop

verb mis·de·vel·op \ ˌmis-di-ˈvel-əp , -dē- \

Definition of misdevelop

misdeveloped; misdeveloping
transitive + intransitive
: to develop wrongly
  • … and its sap-sucking causes the developing seeds to wither and misdevelop.
  • —Leslie Powell
  • … there are plenty of lines of human endeavor … in which standardization is eminently proper; but it is peculiarly easy to misdevelop it into a wooden and cramping formalism.
  • —Theodore Roosevelt

First Known Use of misdevelop

1843

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