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. Sep 30 '16 at 21:00

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

I would say the best fit is ineffective:


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

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

Or inadequate:


1. not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.


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.


The extraneous device.

Extraneous means: not relevant or appropriate


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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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