Definition of misconduct
1 : mismanagement especially of governmental or military responsibilities
2 : intentional wrongdoing; specifically : deliberate violation of a law or standard especially by a government official : malfeasance
3a : improper behaviorb : adultery
4 : a penalty (as in ice hockey) for improper behavior or abusive language (as toward an official)
misconductplay \-kən-ˈdəkt\ transitive verb
Examples of misconduct in a Sentence
He was forced to defend himself against charges of sexual misconduct.
There have been reports of misconduct by several employees.
Recent Examples of misconduct from the Web
His first conviction was overturned because of juror misconduct.
Dirty’ Talk The regulator also objected to Fox’s characterization of some employees’ misconduct.
Jerry Crenshaw Jr. pleaded guilty in 1993 to sexual misconduct, theft, attempted assault, aggravated assault and criminal mischief, according to court records.
Joseph Walsh, Van Dyke's partner that night, Thomas Gaffney and Detective David March were charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice.
Conway, too, has repeatedly touted the president’s history of hiring women at his construction companies while ignoring the allegations of sexual misconduct that numerous women have made against him.
Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, is charged with six counts of first-degree murder, 16 counts of aggravated battery and one count of official misconduct.
But Austin has dealt with the perception that goes with being dismissed from Providence College and Oregon amid the allegations of sexual misconduct.
Defense lawyers are also seeking to dismiss the separate charge of misbehavior before the enemy, arguing that his alleged misconduct doesn’t rise to the level of the offense that could land him in prison for life.
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First Known Use of misconduct
MISCONDUCT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of misconduct for English Language Learners
: wrong behavior : behavior or activity that is illegal or morally wrong
MISCONDUCT Defined for Kids
Definition of misconduct for Students
: bad behavior
Legal Definition of misconduct
: intentional or wanton wrongful but usually not criminal behavior: as a : deliberate or wanton violation of standards of conduct by a government official b : wrongful behavior (as adultery) by a spouse that leads to the dissolution of the marriage c : an attorney's violation of the standards set for professional conduct; also : an attorney's and especially a prosecutor's use of deceptive or reprehensible methods in presenting a case to a jury d : impermissible behavior by a juror (as communicating about the case with outsiders, witnesses, or others, reading or hearing news reports about the case, or independently introducing evidence to other jurors) e : an employee's deliberate or wanton disregard of an employer's interests or disregard or violation of the employer's standards or rules that is sufficient to justify a denial of unemployment compensation
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