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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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  • It will be seen that this miscalculation of Lee compelled him to change his plans.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • It did not end in the capture of the fugitive, because it was founded on a miscalculation.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • It is true that through some miscalculation they have chosen the wrong branch of the river.

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

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The whole mistake lay in a miscalculation of a few hundred yards in the position of the trenches.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
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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