misidentification

noun
mis·​iden·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌmis-ī-ˌden-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce misidentification (audio) , ˌmis-ə- \
plural misidentifications

Definition of misidentification

: 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Misidentification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misidentification. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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