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[mal-prak-tis] /mælˈpræk tɪs/
Law. failure of a professional person, as a physician or lawyer, to render proper services through reprehensible ignorance or negligence or through criminal intent, especially when injury or loss follows.
any improper, negligent practice; misconduct or misuse.
Origin of malpractice
First recorded in 1665-75; mal- + practice
Related forms
[mal-prak-tish-uh-ner] /ˌmæl prækˈtɪʃ ə nər/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • Upon inquiry I found the lawyer was but just disbarred for some malpractice; and the discovery added excessively to my disquiet.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • This is so important that its voluntary omission is malpractice.

  • And been suspected of the malpractice myself if he'd found it out?

    Three Plays by Granville-Barker Harley Granville-Barker
  • I thought there should in truth be heavy damages for malpractice on human souls.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • In cases of malpractice Dr. Delamater was the especial dread of the attorney whose side he did not favor.

British Dictionary definitions for malpractice


immoral, illegal, or unethical professional conduct or neglect of professional duty
any instance of improper professional conduct
Derived Forms
malpractitioner (ˌmælprækˈtɪʃənə) noun
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Word Origin and History for malpractice

1670s, hybrid coined from mal- + practice (n.). Also used in law for "illegal action by which a person seeks a benefit for himself while in a position of trust" (1758).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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malpractice in Medicine

malpractice mal·prac·tice (māl-prāk'tĭs)
Improper or negligent treatment of a patient, as by a physician, resulting in injury, damage, or loss.

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malpractice in Culture

malpractice definition

Mistakes or negligent conduct by a professional person, especially a physician, that results in damage to others, such as misdiagnosis of a serious illness. Damaged parties often seek compensation by bringing malpractice suits against the offending physician or other professional.

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