If I want to tell my colleague by email that I've sent an email to some business clients unintentionally and would like to notify my colleague, how should I say the action "mis-sent"?

I thought about "email sent unintentionally", but I think it involves too much personal feelings. Can I have another word which is more business like (or objective)?


Misaddressed, wrongly addressed, misdirected, sent in error. Those first three are if it was to have been sent but not to that recipient (i.e., was wrongly addressed); the last is more general.

These are off the top of my head, not Best Business Practices™.

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    +1 for "sent in error" or you could say some clients will have an email "received in error" ;) – shinynewbike Nov 21 '11 at 10:32

mal-addressed or mis-routed

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  • +1 for 'misrouted', though I'd spell it without the hyphen (as I just did, in fact). – msh210 Nov 21 '11 at 15:40

sometimes use "mistakenly sent"

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Missent is the proper spelling.

Sorry, that last email was missent. Please accept my apologies.

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