misfeasance

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noun mis·fea·sance \mis-ˈfē-zən(t)s\

Definition of misfeasance

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

misfeasor

play \-ˈfē-zər, -ˌzȯr\ noun

Origin and Etymology of misfeasance

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


First Known Use: circa 1626


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misfeasance

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noun mis·fea·sance \mis-ˈfēz-əns\

Legal Definition of misfeasance

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of 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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