- to put in a wrong place.
- to put in a place afterward forgotten; lose; mislay.
- to place or bestow improperly, unsuitably, or unwisely: to misplace one's trust.
Origin of misplace
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1, 2. See displace.
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Examples from the Web for misplacement
The second issue is strategic, a misplacement of national security.Colorado Blazes Remind Us That National Policy on Fire Needs a Fix
Stephen J. Pyne
June 29, 2012
Often the best policy in the case is just to forget the misplacement.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
Who would credit it, that the misplacement of a unit could prove so singular.Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
This of course secures the books both from misplacement and from pillage.
But there is another danger, aside from the misplacement of books.
A thousand errors arise through the assumption of premises for one arising in the misplacement of terms.A Logic Of Facts
George Jacob Holyoake
- to put (something) in the wrong place, esp to lose (something) temporarily by forgetting where it was placed; mislay
- (often passive) to bestow (trust, confidence, affection, etc) unadvisedly
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Word Origin and History for misplacement
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