mis feasance

misfeasance

[mis-fee-zuhns]
noun Law.
1.
a wrong, actual or alleged, arising from or consisting of affirmative action.
2.
the wrongful performance of a normally lawful act; the wrongful and injurious exercise of lawful authority.


Origin:
1590–1600; < Anglo-French mesfesance. See mis-1, feasance

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misfeasance (mɪsˈfiːzəns)
 
n
law malfeasance Compare nonfeasance the improper performance of an act that is lawful in itself
 
[C16: from Old French mesfaisance, from mesfaire to perform misdeeds]
 
mis'feasor
 
n

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misfeasance
1596, "wrongful exercise of lawful authority or improper performance of a lawful act," from M.Fr. mesfaisance, from mesfaisant, prp. of mesfaire "to misdo," from mes- "wrongly" (see mis- (2)) + faire "to do," from L. facere "to perform" (see factitious).
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