malpractice

noun mal·prac·tice \ ˌmal-ˈprak-təs \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of malpractice

1 : a dereliction of professional duty or a failure to exercise an ordinary degree of professional skill or learning by one (such as a physician) rendering professional services which results in injury, loss, or damage
2 : an injurious, negligent, or improper practice : malfeasance

Examples of malpractice in a Sentence

  1. a surgeon accused of malpractice

  2. Doctors need to have malpractice insurance to protect themselves against lawsuits.

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First Known Use of malpractice

1671


MALPRACTICE Defined for English Language Learners

malpractice

noun

Definition of malpractice for English Language Learners

  • law : careless, wrong, or illegal actions by someone (such as a doctor) who is performing a professional duty


Medical Dictionary

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malpractice

noun mal·prac·tice \ (ˈ)mal-ˈprak-təs \

medical Definition of malpractice

: a dereliction of professional duty or a failure to exercise an accepted degree of professional skill or learning by a physician rendering professional services which results in injury, loss, or damage

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malpractice

intransitive verb

medical Definition of malpractice

malpracticed; malpracticing
: to engage in or commit malpractice

Law Dictionary

malpractice

noun mal·prac·tice \ ˌmal-ˈprak-təs \

legal Definition of malpractice

: negligence, misconduct, lack of ordinary skill, or a breach of duty in the performance of a professional service (as in medicine) resulting in injury or loss


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