Malfeasance meaning

măl-fēzəns
Wrongdoing or misconduct, esp. by a public official; commission of an act that is positively unlawful.
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Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official.
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The performance of an illegal act, particularly by an elected official.
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An unlawful act, particularly one committed by a public official.
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(law) Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official that causes damage.
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The definition of malfeasance is wrongdoing, especially by a public official.

When a politician embezzles money, this is an example of malfeasance.

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Origin of malfeasance

  • Anglo-Norman malfaisance from Old French malfaisant malfeasant present participle of malfaire to do evil from Latin malefacere malefactor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French malfaisance, derived from malfaire, maufaire (“do evil"), from Latin malefaciō (“I do evil"), from male (“evilly") + faciō (“do, make").

    From Wiktionary