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Pronunciation:  mal'feezuns

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[n]  wrongful conduct by a public official

MALFEASANCE is a 11 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mal*fea"sance\, n. [F. malfaisance, fr. malfaisant
injurious, doing ill; mal ill, evil + faisant doing, p. pr.
of faire to do. See {Malice}, {Feasible}, and cf.
{Maleficence}.] (Law)
The doing of an act which a person ought not to do; evil
conduct; an illegal deed. [Written also {malefeasance}.]

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: The commission of an unlawful act.
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