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verb (used with or without object), mis·man·aged, mis·man·ag·ing.
  1. to manage incompetently or dishonestly: to mismanage funds.
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Origin of mismanage

First recorded in 1680–90; mis-1 + manage
Related formsmis·man·age·ment, nounmis·man·ag·er, noun

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  1. (tr) to manage badly or wrongly
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Derived Formsmismanagement, nounmismanager, noun
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Word Origin and History for mismanagement

1660s; see mis- (1) + management.

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1680s, from mis- (1) + manage. Related: Mismanaged; mismanaging.

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