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.
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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