misidentification

noun mis·iden·ti·fi·ca·tion \ ˌmis-ī-ˌden-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən , ˌmis-ə- \

Definition of misidentification

plural misidentifications
: incorrect or false identification
  • The long-term nature of a life insurance policy sometimes accounts for a misidentification of the insured.
  • —Harriett E. Jones et al.
  • In the finished novel, the central character insists on calling his girlfriend June, though her name is Joan—one of many obsessional misidentifications in [Henry] Green's fiction.
  • —Jeremy Treglown

First Known Use of misidentification

1860

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