mis·​fea·​sance | \ mis-ˈfē-zᵊn(t)s How to pronounce misfeasance (audio) \

Definition of misfeasance

: trespass specifically : the performance of a lawful action in an illegal or improper manner

Other Words from misfeasance

misfeasor \ mis-​ˈfē-​zər How to pronounce misfeasance (audio) , -​ˌzȯr \ noun

Examples of misfeasance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pringle, who acknowledges being an anonymous source for that story, cites it as evidence of Maharaj’s misfeasance on the USC story. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Reasons for removal could include abuse of power, neglect, gross immorality, drunkenness, misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance, according to Ohio law. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 9 May 2022 The Times argued that its woeful misfeasance was not willful. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 26 Feb. 2022 The institution is one of the largest banks in the U.S. and an ongoing source of some difficult to differentiate apparent combination of misfeasance, nonfeasance, and malfeasance. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 In 2004, Antonacci represented then-Republican Gov. Jeb Bush in presenting the case in the Senate proceedings over his removal of Broward Supervisor of Elections Miriam Oliphant for neglect of duty, incompetence and misfeasance. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 26 Oct. 2020 Alarm bells, after all, signal underlying misfeasance . . . Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 24 Aug. 2020 In fact, today the UAW announced significant accounting changes and financial controls that will tighten up our procedures and prevent future misfeasance. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 3 Dec. 2019 However, Albertson ruled that misfeasance and nonfeasance are not listed as crimes under Virginia’s state code, according to attorneys for the defendants. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of misfeasance

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for misfeasance

Middle French mesfaisance, from mesfaire to do wrong, from mes- mis- + faire to make, do, from Latin facere — more at do

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mis·​fea·​sance | \ mis-ˈfēz-ᵊns How to pronounce misfeasance (audio) \

Legal Definition of misfeasance

: the performance of a lawful action in an illegal or improper manner specifically : the performance of an official duty in an improper or unlawful manner or with an improper or corrupt motive — compare malfeasance, nonfeasance

History and Etymology for misfeasance

Anglo-French misfesance, from Middle French mesfaire to do wrong, from mes- wrongly + faire to make, do, from Latin facere

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