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misappropriation

[ mis-uh-proh-pree-ey-shuhn ]
/ ˌmɪs əˌproʊ priˈeɪ ʃən /
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noun

wrongful use, especially the dishonest or inappropriate use of others’ money, data, etc.:He pled guilty to multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds and falsifying public documents, and received a four-year prison sentence.Database owners are concerned about the possible commercial misappropriation of their products.

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