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Origin of miscalculate

First recorded in 1690–1700; mis-1 + calculate
Related formsmis·cal·cu·la·tion, nounmis·cal·cu·la·tor, noun
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Historical Examples of miscalculation

  • It did not end in the capture of the fugitive, because it was founded on a miscalculation.

    The Northern Iron

    George A. Birmingham

  • But whichever of the two was his intent, it seems to have been a miscalculation.

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

    Elsie Venner

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • As it happened the conclusion he reached was based on a miscalculation.

  • At the worst it could only be called a miscalculation—a mistake.


    Kathlyn Rhodes

British Dictionary definitions for miscalculation


  1. (tr) to calculate wrongly
Derived Formsmiscalculation, nounmiscalculator, noun
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Word Origin and History for miscalculation

1720, from mis- (1) + calculation.



1705; from mis- (1) + calculate. Related: Miscalculated; miscalculating.

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