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[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
1665-75; mal- + practice
Related forms
[mal-prak-tish-uh-ner] /ˌmæl prækˈtɪʃ ə nər/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for malpractice
  • In short, the proper antidote to educational malpractice is to insist on fidelity to the educational mission.
  • Also, actual malpractice costs are not that great relative to the overall cost of health care.
  • Additionally, the center does not have to pay as much for the malpractice insurance.
  • Physicians also over-prescribe tests and treatments to protect themselves from malpractice suits.
  • Indeed, anyone can see the plain evidence of scientific malpractice.
  • The small ideas are limiting medical malpractice liability, and allowing cross-state purchase of insurance policies.
  • These professional practices should not be shielded from personal liability for malpractice.
  • Research shows that the real problem is too much malpractice, not too many malpractice lawsuits.
  • The debate over medical malpractice can often seem theological.
  • He is obviously well-practiced at this sort of scholarly and linguistic malpractice.
British Dictionary definitions for malpractice


immoral, illegal, or unethical professional conduct or neglect of professional duty
any instance of improper professional conduct
Derived Forms
malpractitioner (ˌmælprækˈtɪʃənə) noun
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Word Origin and History for malpractice

1670s, hybrid coined from mal- + practice (n.). Also used in law for "illegal action by which a person seeks a benefit for himself while in a position of trust" (1758).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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malpractice in Medicine

malpractice mal·prac·tice (māl-prāk'tĭs)
Improper or negligent treatment of a patient, as by a physician, resulting in injury, damage, or loss.

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malpractice in Culture

malpractice definition

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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