mis·​con·​duct | \ ˌmis-ˈkän-(ˌ)dəkt How to pronounce misconduct (audio) \

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 behavior
4 : a penalty (as in ice hockey) for improper behavior or abusive language (as toward an official)

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misconduct \ ˌmis-​kən-​ˈdəkt How to pronounce misconduct (audio) \ 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 on the Web Last month, Barina filed a new motion complaining of`continued misconduct by Ross and the Martinez family. San Antonio Express-News, "November 7, 2019," 7 Nov. 2019 Former Chi star Jason Mitchell responded to allegations of professional misconduct after the actor lost several acting roles, and was dropped from his management company after he was accused of inappropriate behavior on set. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "'Chi' Star Jason Mitchell Apologizes After Misconduct Allegations Surface," 5 Nov. 2019 The idea that a legitimate investigation into the misconduct of a public official is in any way abuse is outrageous. Christine Flowers, Twin Cities, "Christine M. Flowers: Rep. Katie Hill resigned because she behaved unethically, ‘revenge porn’ aside," 4 Nov. 2019 One after the other, the non-founding leadership of the company has faced accusations of misconduct from whistleblowers. Abhyuday Agarwal, Quartz India, "Everything you need to know about whistleblowing in India beyond Infosys," 30 Oct. 2019 The reason is straightforward: Even serious missteps by the investigators do not excuse or erase the serious misconduct that is under investigation. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The White House Needs an Impeachment Strategy," 29 Oct. 2019 That prompted a counter-suit from Armiger, which contained numerous allegations of misconduct on the part of her former label. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Country Singer Katie Armiger Reaches Settlement With Cold River Records in Breach of Contract Suit," 25 Oct. 2019 Impeachment is a legal process outlined by the Constitution to allow Congress to weigh charges of misconduct against top U.S. officials. The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Adulting’ without the stress," 11 Oct. 2019 The misconduct of the 130 officers, committed across the past two decades, varies in severity. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Enquirer investigation: 70 cops with spotty records work in and around Cincinnati. Find out where.," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of misconduct

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Nov 2019

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“Misconduct.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misconducted. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of misconduct

: wrong behavior : behavior or activity that is illegal or morally wrong


mis·​con·​duct | \ mis-ˈkän-ˌdəkt How to pronounce misconduct (audio) \

Kids Definition of misconduct

: bad behavior


mis·​con·​duct | \ mis-ˈkän-dəkt How to pronounce misconduct (audio) \

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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