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noun Law.
  1. abuse of a right; unlawful use of an office, franchise, benefit, etc.

Origin of misuser1

1615–25; noun use of Middle French mesuser to misuse


  1. a person who misuses.

Origin of misuser2

First recorded in 1540–50; mis-1 + user1
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British Dictionary definitions for misuser


  1. law an abuse of some right, privilege, office, etc, such as one that may lead to its forfeiture
  2. (often in combination) a person who regularly abuses alcohol, drugs, etcheroin misusers

Word Origin

C17: from Old French mesuser (infinitive used as noun)
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