AskDefine | Define misapplication

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1 wrong use or application
2 the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else [syn: embezzlement, peculation, defalcation, misappropriation]

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  1. The misuse of something, incorrectly using (applying) something, a wrong application.
    Tryin to open a paint can with a chisel is a misapplication of the tool.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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