Definition of misplaced in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɪsˈpleɪst/


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.
misguided, unwise, misconceived, ill-advised, ill-considered, ill-judged;
inappropriate, unsuitable, untoward, inapt
1.2(Of a feeling or emotion) directed unwisely or to an inappropriate object: he began to wonder if his sympathy was 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.
lost, mislaid, missing, nowhere to be found

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