Definition of misplaced in English:


Syllabification: mis·placed
Pronunciation: /misˈplāst


  • 1Incorrectly positioned: a million dollars had been lost because of a misplaced comma
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    • Can we roll back the tide of misplaced apostrophes and commas?
    • The game then degenerated into a real mishmash of misplaced passes and precious few chances.
    • The players got tired and there were a few misplaced passes setting the opposition up.
  • 1.1Not appropriate or correct in the circumstances: a telling sign of misplaced priorities
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    • So it now falls upon me to correct the angry and misplaced insinuations in his letter, one by one.
    • As a reasonable citizen, what really troubles the professor is that this priority to achieve gender equity in the ranks is an example of grossly misplaced priorities.
    • We all want to join the political and economic A list but if what we give up on the way is the freedom to determine what sets us apart, then perhaps our priorities have been misplaced.
  • 1.2(Of an emotion) directed unwisely or to an inappropriate object: he began to wonder if his sympathy were misplaced
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    • The critical venom is almost enough to stir misplaced feelings of cultural loyalty and ties of kinship in even the hardest black heart.
    • For the first few days I had those misplaced emotions of gratitude and pity.
    • I found myself experiencing those same misplaced feelings of utter sophistication.
  • 2 [attributive] Temporarily lost: her misplaced keys
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    • Since we have several lab areas where we work, it's not unheard of to have to backtrack to recover a temporarily misplaced disk.
    • Delayed shipments, misplaced orders and lost products were commonplace.
    • A dog which was run over, a set of misplaced keys and a woman wanting a plumber were just a few of the incidents Bradford's emergency services dealt with this year.

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