misfeasance

noun

mis·​fea·​sance mis-ˈfē-zᵊn(t)s How to pronounce misfeasance (audio)
: trespass
specifically : the performance of a lawful action in an illegal or improper manner
misfeasor noun

Examples of misfeasance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The news comes after family and friends of Weiser and Bickwit called for the creation of a multiagency task force following decades of police incompetence, misfeasance, and neglect. Eric J. Greenberg, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2023 The committee is made up of five lawmakers who can look into complaints of misconduct, including malfeasance, misfeasance, abuse of office, incompetency and workplace conduct by state officers and employees. Lauren McGaughy, Dallas News, 28 May 2023 The House General Investigating Committee is made up of five lawmakers who can look into complaints of misconduct, malfeasance, misfeasance, abuse of office, incompetency and workplace conduct. Aria Jones, Dallas News, 15 Apr. 2023 The General Investigating Committee is made up of five lawmakers who can look into complaints of misconduct, malfeasance, misfeasance, abuse of office, incompetency and workplace conduct. Lauren McGaughy, Dallas News, 12 Apr. 2023 That's not misfeasance. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 4 Sep. 2022 These hearings will likely uncover more misfeasance in the crypto space. Aaron Klein, Time, 22 Nov. 2022 In 2004, Antonacci represented then-Republican Gov. Jeb Bush in presenting the case in the Senate proceedings over Bush’s removal of then-Broward Supervisor of Elections Miriam Oliphant for neglect of duty, incompetence and misfeasance. Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misfeasance was circa 1626

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Cite this Entry

“Misfeasance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfeasance. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition

misfeasance

noun
mis·​fea·​sance mis-ˈfēz-ᵊns How to pronounce misfeasance (audio)
: 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
Etymology

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

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