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I'm trying to find an adjective that means something that was placed or installed incorrectly in a location such that it is causing problems and needs to be removed. Something like:

Incompetent subcontractors had installed a speed bump on the highway. The state transportation department removed the blank device.

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    You could use botched, although it's normally used with job as in botched job. – Mick Sep 30 '16 at 14:27
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    Incongruous covers some of the territory. – Phil Sweet Sep 30 '16 at 15:07
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    Traffic calming measures tend to be covered by regulation, therefore consider noncompliant. Otherwise consider, obstructive or problematic. – Spagirl Sep 30 '16 at 15:16
  • I like noncompliant best so far. – SCFrench Sep 30 '16 at 19:52
  • Bodged installation. – Peter Point Sep 30 '16 at 21:00
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How about misinstalled?

If you google misinstalled, you'll get numerous hits of various misinstallations. I didn't find it in any of the dictionaries I checked, but according to Google and other sources, mis- means wrongly, badly, or unsuitably. So misinstalled means wrongly installed, badly installed, or unsuitably installed, i.e., inappropriately installed.

Incompetent subcontractors had installed a speed bump on the highway. The state transportation department removed the misinstalled device.

  • I like this idea. I feel like whatever the word is, it probably starts with a mis- or maybe a mal- – SCFrench Oct 2 '16 at 17:30
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I would say the best fit is ineffective:

adjective

1. not effective; not producing results; ineffectual: ineffective efforts; ineffective remedies.

2. inefficient or incompetent; incapable: an ineffective manager.

Or inadequate:

adjective

1. not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.

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I can't think of a better single adjective than "misplaced". A speed bump doesn't belong on a highway, ergo one installed on a highway is by definition misplaced. The first sentence ("Incompetent subcontractors ... ") makes this 100% clear, so no possible ambiguity can be occasioned by the use of "misplaced" in this case. The entire paragraph needs to be considered here, not just the sentence where the adjective is sought.

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The extraneous device.

Extraneous means: not relevant or appropriate

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/us/dictionary/american/extraneous

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    I feel like extraneous doesn't have enough of a negative connotation. Extraneous stuff is not needed and perhaps wasteful, but doesn't actively cause problems. – SCFrench Oct 2 '16 at 17:34

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