from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To identify incorrectly.
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- v. To mistake the identity.
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- v. identify incorrectly
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The media doesn't "misidentify" pit bulls, although occasionally it gets facts wrong, because sometimes things aren't completely clear.
A few months ago, I signed onto a statement by a group of testing experts, which cautioned that such strategies were likely to misidentify which teachers were effective and which were ineffective, to promote teaching narrowly to the test, and to cause a narrowing of the curriculum.
Indeed, as is demonstrated below, Caplan has been known to wrap his own preferences up and misidentify them as being "rational" while asserting that those he disagrees with have "irrational" preferences.
But further visual examination led the engineers to misidentify it as silver or cadmium plating which, according to the maintenance task card guiding maintenance staff, was "unimportant" and did not require the gearbox to be removed from service or to be put on "close monitoring".
As an avid pro-choice supporter, I want to be on the “right” side, so I should get in line with formerstate Rep. Wanda Jo Stapleton, who puts forth that “Nosy neighbors with some effort could identify or, even worse, misidentify these women who answer these questions.”
Did the Israelis misidentify a school run by the UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA), where 43 Palestinians seeking shelter were killed in an early morning air strike?
Leftists misidentify such people as "success stories," when, in fact, they are simply people who have not yet been killed in a race riot or in some other racially motivated crime.
Not one person outside of Congress has shown this to be anything else than a financial train wreck ... but Libs think we can pay for things with "Social Merits" and imaginary cost savings ... leave it to the Left to misidentify a problem thereby ensuring the wrong solution ... vwrtb
People misidentify wildlife all the time, even when you think there is no way a certain creature can be mistaken for something else.
According to Geoffrey Pollum, even the writing sages Strunk and White misidentify the passive voice in the The Elements of Style.