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malfeasance

[ mal-fee-zuhns ]
/ mælˈfi zəns /
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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.
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Origin of malfeasance

First recorded in 1660–70; earlier malefeasance.See male-, feasance

OTHER WORDS FROM malfeasance

mal·fea·sant, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for malfeasance

malfeasance
/ (mælˈfiːzəns) /

noun
law the doing of a wrongful or illegal act, esp by a public officialCompare misfeasance, nonfeasance

Derived forms of malfeasance

malfeasant, noun, adjective

Word Origin for malfeasance

C17: from Old French mal faisant, from mal evil + faisant doing, from faire to do, from Latin facere
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