mal·​fea·​sance | \ ˌmal-ˈfē-zᵊn(t)s How to pronounce malfeasance (audio) \

Definition of malfeasance

: wrongdoing or misconduct especially by a public official The investigation has uncovered evidence of corporate malfeasance.

Examples of malfeasance in a Sentence

The investigation has uncovered evidence of corporate malfeasance. a campaign to impeach the governor for malfeasance in office
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First Known Use of malfeasance

1663, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malfeasance

mal- + obsolete feasance doing, execution

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“Malfeasance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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mal·​fea·​sance | \ ˌmal-ˈfēz-ᵊns How to pronounce malfeasance (audio) \

Legal Definition of malfeasance

: the commission (as by a public official) of a wrongful or unlawful act involving or affecting the performance of one's duties — compare misfeasance, nonfeasance

History and Etymology for malfeasance

mal- bad + obsolete English feasance doing, execution, from Old French faisance, from fais-, stem of faire to make, do, from Latin facere

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