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 In a stunning ruling on what would have been the 10th day of deliberations, Thompson removed three jurors from the panel amid allegations of misconduct. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship trial: Max Harris walks out of jail after acquittal; Derick Almena remains jailed after mistrial in his case," 5 Sep. 2019 Officers Nicholas Grundei and Jordan Wild — who testified at Peguse’s trial — as well as three of their colleagues were fired for their alleged misconduct. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Judge may grant new trial in assault case after defense says Ramsey County Attorney’s Office didn’t share information," 2 Aug. 2019 The documents cite records showing Trump spoke on the phone with Cohen at least five times between Oct. 8 and Oct. 28 as Trump's campaign rushed to keep a lid on tales of his alleged misconduct in the closing weeks of the campaign. Fortune, "Records Detail Frenetic Effort to Bury Stories About Trump," 18 July 2019 He was drummed out of the military the following year after one too many incidents of misconduct. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diegan featured in program about notorious D.B. Cooper skyjacking case dies in Bankers Hill home," 9 July 2019 The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday a company can now negotiate a penalty while at the same time seeking the waivers needed to limit the consequences of its alleged misconduct. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Washington Offers Companies Facing Enforcement a Package Deal," 3 July 2019 Hunt was never charged or arrested for the incident but was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List as a result of the video that surfaced while the league investigated his misconduct. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Dez Bryant on Kareem Hunt: 'Everybody Goes Through Problems'," 2 July 2019 While Shick, 42, was made ineligible for rehire at the UW, no record of his misconduct followed him. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "UW finds star athlete’s sexual assault allegation credible, but athletic executive quietly moved on," 17 June 2019 Naval Special Warfare has come under scrutiny lately as a number of high-profile misconduct cases have put the secretive community in the spotlight. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego-based SEAL Team 7 ‘command triad’ fired after platoon kicked out of Iraq," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of misconduct

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Oct 2019

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The first known use of misconduct was in 1705

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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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