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misapply

verb
     
mis‧ap‧ply past tense and past participle misapplied, present participle misapplying, third person singular misapplies [transitive usually passive]
to use something incorrectly or for a wrong purpose:
In your case the rules have been misapplied.
misapplication noun [uncountable]
a misapplication of the law

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