[rawng-fuh l, rong-]
  1. unjust or unfair: a wrongful act; a wrongful charge.
  2. having no legal right; unlawful: The court ruled it was a wrongful diversion of trust income.

Origin of wrongful

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at wrong, -ful
Related formswrong·ful·ly, adverbwrong·ful·ness, nounun·wrong·ful, adjectiveun·wrong·ful·ly, adverbun·wrong·ful·ness, noun
Can be confusedwrong wrongful
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Examples from the Web for wrongfulness

Historical Examples of wrongfulness

  • You know that my opinions run with yours as to the folly of the king, and the wrongfulness and unwisdom of his policy.

  • He did not gloss over to himself the wrongfulness of his behaviour, or the seriousness of the situation.

    Paul the Courageous

    Mabel Quiller-Couch

  • Hence doth heav'nly justice Temper so evenly affection in us, It ne'er can warp to any wrongfulness.

  • No idea of wrongfulness in aiding the plot ever occurred either to Bertram or Maude.

  • If the reckless Conde thinketh to do these acts of wrongfulness with impunity, let him look to it!

    Mercedes of Castile

    J. Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for wrongfulness


  1. immoral, unjust, or illegal
Derived Formswrongfully, adverbwrongfulness, noun
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