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wrongful

[rawng-fuh l, rong-] /ˈrɔŋ fəl, ˈrɒŋ-/
adjective
1.
unjust or unfair:
a wrongful act; a wrongful charge.
2.
having no legal right; unlawful:
The court ruled it was a wrongful diversion of trust income.
Origin of wrongful
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; see wrong, -ful
Related forms
wrongfully, adverb
wrongfulness, noun
unwrongful, adjective
unwrongfully, adverb
unwrongfulness, noun
Can be confused
wrong, wrongful.
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  • Her indignation sometimes at the wrongfulness of certain things seemed to fill her with a consuming fire.

    Amaryllis at the Fair Richard Jefferies
  • He did not gloss over to himself the wrongfulness of his behaviour, or the seriousness of the situation.

    Paul the Courageous Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • If the reckless Conde thinketh to do these acts of wrongfulness with impunity, let him look to it!

    Mercedes of Castile J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The issue in an action for defamation is not the character of the plaintiff, but the wrongfulness of the particular statement.

  • You know that my opinions run with yours as to the folly of the king, and the wrongfulness and unwisdom of his policy.

  • Eyjolf Bolverk's son had no fine awarded for him, for his unfairness and wrongfulness.

  • No idea of wrongfulness in aiding the plot ever occurred either to Bertram or Maude.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • A euphuism has been invented to cover the wrongfulness of this system; it is now called 'discounting.'

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • Hence doth heav'nly justice Temper so evenly affection in us, It ne'er can warp to any wrongfulness.

British Dictionary definitions for wrongfulness

wrongful

/ˈrɒŋfʊl/
adjective
1.
immoral, unjust, or illegal
Derived Forms
wrongfully, adverb
wrongfulness, noun
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