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本末転倒, 本末顛倒, ほんまつてんとう

  • honmatsutentō


noun (common) (futsuumeishi), noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru, nouns which may take the genitive case particle `no'

  • failing to properly evaluate the (relative) importance (of)
  • putting the cart before the horse
  • mistaking the cause for the end
  • mistaking the insignificant for the essential
  • getting one's priorities backwards

Examples of 本末転倒,本末顛倒,ほんまつてんとう in a Sentence

Don't you think you're putting the cart before the horse?
But, if by that, morale drops wouldn't that defeat the purpose of the exercise?
You've got your priorities backwards.
That's reversing the logical order of things.
Planning the wedding before proposing is putting the cart before the horse.
When you speak of a pay-raise before recognition, I am inclined to think you are putting the cart before the horse.
Just as all kinds of communication methods are increasing, human relationships are becoming weak. A perfect case of mistaking means for ends.
Persuading my father first is putting the cart before the horse.

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