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mis- +‎ apply


misapply (third-person singular simple present misapplies, present participle misapplying, simple past and past participle misapplied)

  1. To apply incorrectly; to misuse.
    • 1913, Sir Frederick Pollock, ‎Robert Campbell, ‎Oliver Augustus Saunders, The Revised Reports
      It may be that the jury in this case have misapplied the rule laid down by this Court, but not in favour of the defendants. I cannot help thinking they might well have held the watercourse to be the true boundary line between the two properties.