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wrongful

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adjective wrong·ful \ˈrȯŋ-fəl\

Simple Definition of wrongful

  • : not legal, fair, or moral

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wrongful

  1. 1 :  wrong, unjust

  2. 2 a :  having no legal sanction :  unlawful b :  having no legal claim <a wrongful heir>

wrongfully

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wrongfulness

noun

Examples of wrongful in a sentence

  1. He is suing his former employer for wrongful termination.

  2. <charged with wrongful possession of narcotics>



14th Century

First Known Use of wrongful

14th century


WRONGFUL Defined for Kids

wrongful

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adjective wrong·ful \ˈrȯŋ-fəl\

Definition of wrongful for Students

  1. 1 :  1wrong 3, unjust

  2. 2 :  unlawful




Law Dictionary

wrongful

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adjective wrong·ful \ˈrȯŋ-fəl\

Legal Definition of wrongful

  1. 1 :  constituting a wrong; especially :  injurious to the rights of another <a wrongful act or omission>

  2. 2 :  unlawful <remained in wrongful occupation of the property> <a wrongful occupant>

wrongfully

adverb

wrongfulness

noun




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