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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In recent years, a number of doctors have faced criminal charges for negligence and malpractice. Maria Danilova, Harper's magazine, "Alternative Medicine," 28 Aug. 2019 To subordinate the entirety of American history — including the history of slavery and those who suffered unspeakably under it — to contemporary partisan political obsessions is malpractice as history and journalism both. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 22 Aug. 2019 An Ohio hospital agreed to pay $6 million to Neil Armstrong’s surviving family members to settle allegations that medical malpractice after an emergency heart surgery caused the astronaut’s death, a report said. Fox News, "Neil Armstrong's family received $6 million in malpractice settlement 2 years after astronaut's death: report," 24 July 2019 On Wednesday, the Manukyans filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles’ CHA Fertility Center alleging negligent infliction of emotional distress and medical malpractice, among other infractions. Giulia Mcdonnell Nieto Del Rio, latimes.com, "Couple says their embryo was implanted into wrong woman. They had to fight to get their son," 11 July 2019 Although Maryland laws meant to cap malpractice awards will likely reduce the total to about $200 million, the jury’s verdict is among the largest in U.S. history. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Five major medical malpractice cases that preceded last week’s ‘record-setting’ verdict against Hopkins Bayview," 10 July 2019 Unless the team is already in a tailspin, a move like this would equate to football coaching malpractice. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football will win the Big Ten this season. Here's why," 13 Jan. 2019 According to an alarming new study, misdiagnosis is to blame in roughly one-third (34%) of malpractice cases where death or permanent disability has occurred. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "Diagnostic Errors Make Up One-Third of Serious Malpractice Claims, Study Shows," 11 July 2019 Here’s a look at five similar big medical malpractice cases in recent years. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Five major medical malpractice cases that preceded last week’s ‘record-setting’ verdict against Hopkins Bayview," 10 July 2019

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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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