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tr.v. mis·at·trib·ut·ed, mis·at·trib·ut·ing, mis·at·trib·utes
To attribute incorrectly: misattributed the quotation to Dickens.

mis′at·tri·bu′tion (-ă-trĭ-byo͞o′shən) n.
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vb (tr)
to attribute wrongly
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For example, a co-worker may misattribute your excellent performance on a project to your having ample time to work on it.
Sequential designation of author contributions can, however, misattribute those contributions, especially vis-a-vis first and last authors.
Responses included the gripe that critics ignore certain elements of the production, misattribute who did what, and try to be clever at the expense of considering the work.
In her earlier work Zunshine demonstrated how authors such as Jane Austen and Dashiell Hammett created fictions in which readers would encounter characters that would misattribute interior states of mind.
This tactic helps avoid any potential cognitive dissonance on the buyer's part (where people misattribute their own behavior).
In this way, Bering asserts that the brain is built to see design and agentic activity in both nature and events in life, and we misattribute these to God/s.
The researchers said, "When we expect a particular outcome, we automatically set in motion a chain of cognitions and behaviours to produce that outcome - and misattribute its cause." ( ANI )
But we often overlook the diagnosis; we misattribute the sadness to the prognosis of the disease; the disinterest in eating to the side effects of chemotherapy; the sleep disturbance to the worry about the illness.
hilip says: "The adrenaline starts ing and we misattribute this to things we're looking at, so we them more exciting than we ht without the music."
In the absence of NF panels, food claims led to more favorable perceptions about products, demonstrating that consumers could "misattribute benefits to products that claim to be low in carbohydrate." The researchers emphasized it's important to check the NF panel when making food choices.
He says parents and clinicians should be careful not to misattribute significant social adjustment difficulties to height.