Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

wrongful death

noun

Simple Definition of wrongful death

  • law : a death caused by someone's mistake or by someone's improper act

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wrongful death

  1. :  a death caused by the negligent, willful, or wrongful act, neglect, omission, or default of another

Examples of wrongful death in a sentence

  1. She filed a wrongful death suit against the hospital, alleging that its negligence led to her daughter's death.



1952

First Known Use of wrongful death

1952


Law Dictionary

wrongful death

noun

Legal Definition of wrongful death

  1. :  a death caused by the negligent, willful, or wrongful act, neglect, omission, or default of another <sought damages for the wrongful death of their murdered daughter>




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up wrongful death? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

looking or feeling very sad

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

dog-eating-apple

Which is a synonym of asperse?

placate divulge beat defame
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ