[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM malpractice

mal·prac·ti·tion·er [mal-prak-tish-uh-ner] /ˌmæl prækˈtɪʃ ə nər/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for malpractice

/ (mælˈpræktɪs) /


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

[ măl-prăktĭs ]


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


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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