malpractice

[ mal-prak-tis ]
/ mælˈpræk tɪs /

noun

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.

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Origin of malpractice

First recorded in 1665–75; mal- + practice

OTHER WORDS FROM malpractice

mal·prac·ti·tion·er [mal-prak-tish-uh-ner], /ˌmæl prækˈtɪʃ ə nər/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for malpractice

malpractice
/ (mælˈpræktɪs) /

noun

immoral, illegal, or unethical professional conduct or neglect of professional duty
any instance of improper professional conduct

Derived forms of malpractice

malpractitioner (ˌmælprækˈtɪʃənə), noun
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Medical definitions for malpractice

malpractice
[ măl-prăktĭs ]

n.

Improper or negligent treatment of a patient, as by a physician, resulting in injury, damage, or loss.
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Cultural definitions for malpractice

malpractice

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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