malpractice

[mal-prak-tis]
noun
1.
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.
2.
any improper, negligent practice; misconduct or misuse.

Origin:
1665–75; mal- + practice

malpractitioner [mal-prak-tish-uh-ner] , noun
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malpractice (mælˈpræktɪs)
 
n
1.  immoral, illegal, or unethical professional conduct or neglect of professional duty
2.  any instance of improper professional conduct
 
malpractitioner
 
n

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malpractice
1671, hybrid coined from mal- (q.v.) + practice. Also used in law for "illegal action by which a person seeks a benefit for himself while in a position of trust" (1758).
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malpractice mal·prac·tice (māl-prāk'tĭs)
n.
Improper or negligent treatment of a patient, as by a physician, resulting in injury, damage, or loss.

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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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Example sentences
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.
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