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[ mis-kal-kyuh-leyt ]

verb (used with or without object)

, mis·cal·cu·lat·ed, mis·cal·cu·lat·ing.
  1. to calculate or judge incorrectly:

    to miscalculate the time required.


/ ˌmɪsˈkælkjʊˌleɪt /


  1. tr to calculate wrongly

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Derived Forms

  • ˌmisˈcalcuˌlator, noun
  • ˌmiscalcuˈlation, noun

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Other Words From

  • miscal·cu·lation noun
  • mis·calcu·lator noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of miscalculate1

First recorded in 1690–1700; mis- 1 + calculate

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Example Sentences

If we did, we wouldn’t be watching the eeriest of parallels unfold at the end of another miscalculated American war.

Yale economics professor Ebonya Washington co-authored a 2018 paper, “The Mommy Effect,” which asserts that women miscalculate the difficulty of balancing work and raising a family when they make decisions about their education.

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For his part Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu severely miscalculated by failing to recognize that while the Palestinians are down they are not yet out.

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Richard has lost close friends—military pilots—because they simply miscalculated how far their blades were from the mountainside.

They also showed that if researchers only took into account the transmission dynamics of symptomatic individuals, they would likely miscalculate R0.

And it might even cause Georgians to miscalculate American military support against Russia and foolishly provoke Moscow.

A beginner like you might miscalculate the weight, and think what a terrible smash up we'd have then!

Too many of us--the President among the rest, I fear--miscalculate the distance between contingency and desire.

It seems to me that those who take such a view quite miscalculate the force of the affection that a man feels for his country.

Even the oldest sailors are apt to miscalculate the time likely to elapse before the wind can touch them.

I may miscalculate the time and wait until I am too small to climb upon the ring.