from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To use or apply wrongly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To apply incorrectly; to misuse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To apply wrongly; to use for a wrong purpose
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make an erroneous application of; apply or dispose of wrongly: as, to misapply a name or title; to misapply one's talents or exertions; to misapply public money.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly
"When servicers misapply payments, lose paperwork, file incorrect foreclosure affidavits, or simply do not answer the phone or make available knowledgeable staffpersons, there are consequences to the consumer," she said.
But consumers can still misapply a self-tanner, resulting in a look that screams fake-bake.
Just as troublesome as managers who still subscribe to Theory X, are those who misapply Theory Y.
This conception is simply to misapply to tort doctrine applicable to sale and purchase.
Trevors and Abel badly misapply the concept of Shannon uncertainty in the paper you cite.
We misapply the concept to a rock rolling down a hill when we say the rock's purpose is to reach the lowest point.
(Unfortunately, they base their policy decisions on costly research methods, originally developed to assure the safety of toxic chemicals - and they misapply that methodology to non-toxic treatments and foods.) • CDC regulators who mandate interventions based on the greater public good without any examination of which individuals should be excluded from broad mandates based on genetics or pre-existing health conditions
It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws.
Also, they have picked a dangerous time to misapply those sacred principles.
But at the same time, let us not misapply the mental disorder label so that not only is responsibility ducked, but real harm is done.