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[n. mis-kon-duhkt; v. mis-kuh n-duhkt] /n. mɪsˈkɒn dʌkt; v. ˌmɪs kənˈdʌkt/
improper conduct; wrong behavior.
unlawful conduct by an official in regard to his or her office, or by a person in the administration of justice, such as a lawyer, witness, or juror; malfeasance.
verb (used with object)
to mismanage.
to misbehave (oneself).
Origin of misconduct
1700-10; mis-1 + conduct
1. wrongdoing, misbehavior, misdeed, misstep. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misconduct
  • Stimulus funds for science raise concern about misconduct.
  • Samuelson, who is demanding a retrial, declined to elaborate on the latest misconduct allegations.
  • The education agency, of course, portrays the problem as one of insubordination and misconduct.
  • Engage in anything that could be deemed as misconduct and you'll be ejected from the bout.
  • But in academe, using a pen name can be regarded as professional misconduct.
  • They called for the establishment of independent expert committees to investigate claims of scientific misconduct.
  • Sociologists offer conflicting explanations for scientific misconduct.
  • For the new study, researchers surveyed undergraduate students about seven types of academic misconduct.
  • It seemed a recipe for intellectual stagnation and a likely excuse for all sorts of foolishness and misconduct.
  • But such potential consequences have to be accepted as the likely price to pay for such a serious professional misconduct.
British Dictionary definitions for misconduct


noun (mɪsˈkɒndʌkt)
behaviour, such as adultery or professional negligence, that is regarded as immoral or unethical
verb (transitive) (ˌmɪskənˈdʌkt)
to conduct (oneself) in such a way
to manage (something) badly
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Word Origin and History for misconduct

1710, "bad management, neglect;" see mis- (1) + conduct (n.). Meaning "wrong conduct" is attested from 1729.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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