Law wrongdoing; specif., the doing of a lawful act in an unlawful or improper manner
Origin of misfeasanceOld French mesfaisance ; from mesfaire, to misdo: see mis- and amp; feasance
Improper and unlawful execution of an act that in itself is lawful and proper.
Origin of misfeasanceAnglo-Norman mesfesaunce, from mesfere, to do wrong : mes-, wrongly (from Old French; see mis–1) + fere, to do (from Latin facere; see dhē- in Indo-European roots).
- A wrong that arises from an action. The wrong can be actual or alleged. This word is often used in law, relating to the wrongful use of legal authority.
misfeasance - Legal Definition
- Generally, an act of wrong-doing.
- An otherwise legal act that is performed in an illegal fashion.