misfeasance

noun
mis·fea·sance | \mis-ˈfē-zᵊn(t)s \

Definition of misfeasance 

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

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misfeasor \-ˈfē-zər, -ˌzȯr \ noun

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Grounds for removal are: exercising unlawful power or authority, gross neglect of duty, gross immorality, drunkenness, misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance. James Ewinger, cleveland.com, "Perry Village mayor and council are at a silent impasse," 28 Apr. 2018 The Florida constitution gives governors authority to suspend public officials for malfeasance, misfeasance, commission of a felony or neglect of duty. Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Suspend Broward sheriff for agency screw-ups? That might be more harder than Republicans think | Miami Herald," 27 Feb. 2018 Here, a look back at some very memorable misfeasance. George Hobica, Fox News, "10 terrible airline pilots we hope to never fly with," 1 Feb. 2013 That is a separate process guided by state law, which says a council member must show malfeasance, misfeasance or unfitness for office in order to be removed. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Democrats finish Dan Johnson investigation but Jessica Green wants findings released now," 22 June 2017 DiChiro interviewed several witnesses to show that Jaros was guilty of gross misconduct, misfeasance in office, conflict of interest and bias during his time acting as a member of the commission. Mark Holan/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Seven Hills council removes Tom Jaros from planning commission," 23 May 2017 That is a separate process guided by state law, which says a council member must show malfeasance, misfeasance or unfitness for office to be removed. Tessa Weinberg And Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Dan Johnson angry about leaks. At least that's what a leaked email tells us," 26 June 2017

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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

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

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misfeasance

noun
mis·fea·sance | \mis-ˈfēz-ᵊns \

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

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