malpractice

noun
mal·​prac·​tice | \ ˌmal-ˈprak-təs How to pronounce malpractice (audio) \

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

a surgeon accused of malpractice Doctors need to have malpractice insurance to protect themselves against lawsuits.

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Many critics are asking how this scam was allowed to go on for so long—and why college admissions officers did not notice the malpractice earlier. Tyler Kingkade, Town & Country, "College Admissions Has a Fact-Checking Problem. Here's Why.," 24 Mar. 2019 In October 1985, the couple sued the Tyler Medical Clinic, the fertility center in Los Angeles that had overseen Ms. Frustaci’s treatment, and Dr. Jaroslav Marik, a fertility specialist there, alleging malpractice. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Patricia Frustaci, 63, Dies; Septuplets Put Her in Spotlight," 16 Feb. 2018 Berkshire’s largest acquisition in 2018 was the $2.5 billion purchase of a New York medical malpractice insurer. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "Warren Buffett’s Kraft Heinz Bet Dragged Down Berkshire Hathaway in 2018," 23 Feb. 2019 In New Mexico, the Republican candidate for secretary of state bowed out in June amid malpractice lawsuits against her law firm. Michelle R. Smith, The Seattle Times, "Even in high-interest election year, top races go unopposed," 25 Oct. 2018 Among the major decisions authored by Abrahamson was a 2005 opinion that struck down caps on the amount of non-economic damages — such as pain and suffering — that could be awarded to victims of medical malpractice. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shirley Abrahamson won't seek another term, setting up race for Wisconsin high court seat," 30 May 2018 Obstetricians face one of the highest rates of malpractice cases. Barbara Brody, Glamour, "The Ob-Gyn Shortage Is Real—And It Might Impact Your Care," 14 Nov. 2018 Caps on damages in medical malpractice cases violate that right. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds medical malpractice caps in case of Wisconsin woman who lost four limbs," 27 June 2018 There will be meet-and-greets with celebrity pets, brand shops, a dog adoption garden, an adoptable cat café, and a panel with the Animal Legal Defense Fund about malpractice and protecting your pets. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "How to make your dog Instagram-famous, according to an agent for “pet influencers”," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of malpractice

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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malpractice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of malpractice

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

malpractice

noun
mal·​prac·​tice | \ (ˈ)mal-ˈprak-təs How to pronounce malpractice (audio) \

Medical Definition of malpractice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

malpractice

intransitive verb
malpracticed; malpracticing

Medical Definition of malpractice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to engage in or commit malpractice

malpractice

noun
mal·​prac·​tice | \ ˌmal-ˈprak-təs How to pronounce malpractice (audio) \

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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