misderive

[ mis-di-rahyv ]
/ ˌmɪs dɪˈraɪv /

verb (used with or without object), mis·de·rived, mis·de·riv·ing.

to derive incorrectly; assign a wrong derivation to.

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Origin of misderive

First recorded in 1640–50; mis-1 + derive
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