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[mis-kal-kyuh-leyt] /mɪsˈkæl kyəˌleɪt/
verb (used with or without object), miscalculated, miscalculating.
to calculate or judge incorrectly:
to miscalculate the time required.
Origin of miscalculate
First recorded in 1690-1700; mis-1 + calculate
Related forms
miscalculation, noun
miscalculator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for miscalculation
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  • It did not end in the capture of the fugitive, because it was founded on a miscalculation.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • But whichever of the two was his intent, it seems to have been a miscalculation.

  • His sensibilities were not acute, but he perceived that he had made a miscalculation.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • As it happened the conclusion he reached was based on a miscalculation.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • At the worst it could only be called a miscalculation—a mistake.

    Afterwards Kathlyn Rhodes
British Dictionary definitions for miscalculation


(transitive) to calculate wrongly
Derived Forms
miscalculation, noun
miscalculator, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for miscalculation

1720, from mis- (1) + calculation.



1705; from mis- (1) + calculate. Related: Miscalculated; miscalculating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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