- 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
Examples from the Web for malpractice
But the malpractice system is not robust in China, and patients feel powerless.Will US Health Care Follow in China’s Bloody Footsteps?
September 21, 2014
The burden on plaintiffs in wrongful birth cases “is unique, and is inconsistent with other types of malpractice cases,” she said.Parents Sue for 'Wrongful Birth'
August 17, 2014
For one, malpractice issues are unclear, since standard policies cover only FDA-approved therapies.I Got a Weed License in Minutes
June 24, 2014
Every decision carries with it an implied threat of malpractice litigation.How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession
April 14, 2014
It was not a surveillance device that could betray intrusion or malpractice on the flight deck.MH370’s Pilots Behaved As They Should in an Emergency, Not as Sinister Killers
March 24, 2014
Only a shoonoo doesn't get sued for malpractice; he gets a spear stuck in him.Oomphel in the Sky
Henry Beam Piper
This is so important that its voluntary omission is malpractice.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
And been suspected of the malpractice myself if he'd found it out?Three Plays by Granville-Barker
I thought there should in truth be heavy damages for malpractice on human souls.The Virginian
If he does not, then the charge of malpractice may be brought against him.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
W. G. Aitchison Robertson
- immoral, illegal, or unethical professional conduct or neglect of professional duty
- any instance of improper professional conduct
Word Origin and History for malpractice
- Improper or negligent treatment of a patient, as by a physician, resulting in injury, damage, or loss.
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.