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[mal-fee-zuh ns] /mælˈfi zəns/
noun, Law.
the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust).
Compare misfeasance (def 2), nonfeasance.
Origin of malfeasance
1690-1700; earlier malefeasance. See male-, feasance
Related forms
malfeasant, adjective, noun Unabridged
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(law) the doing of a wrongful or illegal act, esp by a public official Compare misfeasance, nonfeasance
Derived Forms
malfeasant, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Old French mal faisant, from mal evil + faisant doing, from faire to do, from Latin facere
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Word Origin and History for malfeasance

1690s, from French malfaisance "wrongdoing," from malfaisant, from mal- "badly" (see mal-) + faisant, present participle of faire "to do," from Latin facere "to do" (see factitious). Malfeasor "wrong-doer" is attested from early 14c. Related: Malfeasant.

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