mis·​mea·​sure | \ ˌmis-ˈme-zhər How to pronounce mismeasure (audio) , -ˈmā- \
mismeasured; mismeasuring

Definition of mismeasure

transitive verb

: to measure (something) badly or incorrectly : to make a mistake in measuring … the mahogany paneling for the storefront had been mismeasured and arrived too large for the opening and had to be sent back.— Alan J. Heavens In the land of Julius Caesar—a brilliant politician who nonetheless mismeasured, fatally, the temper of the Roman Senate—it is hard to fathom why, as political animals, we can never seem to ingest the most basic laws of cause and effect.— Ingrid D. Rowland

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mismeasurement \ ˌmis-​ˈme-​zhər-​mənt How to pronounce mismeasure (audio) , -​ˈmā-​ \ noun, plural mismeasurements
By opposing false standards of measurement in both human and animal populations—in his measured hostility to mismeasurement—[Stephen Jay] Gould will be seen as one of the last great American liberals … — Michael Neve

First Known Use of mismeasure

1743, in the meaning defined above

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“Mismeasure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mismeasure. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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