本末転倒, 本末顛倒, ほんまつてんとう

  • honmatsutentō

Definition of 本末転倒,本末顛倒,ほんまつてんとう

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

あなたの言っていること本末転倒思わないかい
Don't you think you're putting the cart before the horse?
も、それ士気下がって本末転倒はないと。
But, if by that, morale drops wouldn't that defeat the purpose of the exercise?
それって本末転倒だろ
You've got your priorities backwards.
それでは本末転倒
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.
説得しようなんて本末転倒ですよ。
Persuading my father first is putting the cart before the horse.
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