From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmisapplymis‧ap‧ply /ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ/ verb (misapplied, misapplying, misapplies) [transitive]USE somethingto use something incorrectly or for a wrongpurposeIn your case the rules have been misapplied. Grammar Misapply is usually passive. —misapplication /ˌmɪsæplɪˈkeɪʃən/ noun [uncountable]a misapplication of the law→ See Verb table
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misapply• Ross was charged with misapplying public money.