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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Example sentences
The court may remove directors for misfeasance, malfeasance, or willful neglect of duty.
The board revoked his certification for false reporting and malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance in office.
Further, the clause provides misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance as respective examples of these types of covered events.
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