EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Law a wrong, actual or alleged, arising from or consisting of affirmative action. the wrongful performance of a normally lawful act; the wrongful and injurious exercise of lawful authority. Origin of misfeasance
dating back to
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The sheriff could be sued for
misfeasance such as bribery in the King's court.
In the language of the courts, an agent is liable to third parties for malfeasance, but not for
The President cannot be held responsible for the
misfeasance of subordinates, unless adopted, or at least tolerated, by him. Misfeasance and malfeasance in public office ought to be considered an unpardonable crime, and the guilty dealt with accordingly.
If any loss has arisen to the estate from any
misfeasance, neglect or omission of the trustee, it may require him to make it good. British Dictionary definitions for misfeasance Derived Forms misfeasor, noun Word Origin for misfeasance
C16: from Old French
mesfaisance, from mesfaire to perform misdeeds
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Word Origin and History for misfeasance n.
"wrongful exercise of lawful authority or improper performance of a lawful act," 1590s, from Middle French
mesfaisance, from mesfaisant, present participle of Old French mesfaire "to misdo," from mes- "wrongly" (see mis- (2)) + faire "to do," from Latin facere "to perform" (see factitious).
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