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

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

Examples of misfeasance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Who is Peter Antonacci, the Republican in charge of presidential voting in overwhelmingly Democratic Broward County?," 26 Oct. 2020 Alarm bells, after all, signal underlying misfeasance . . . Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Clinesmith’s Guilty Plea: The Perfect Snapshot of Crossfire Hurricane Duplicity," 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, "US Attorney paints portrait of greed among UAW leaders involved in corruption scandal," 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, "Criminal negligence charges dismissed against officials in Front Royal scandal," 29 Oct. 2019 But the lawsuit claims that’s exactly what Georgia has created through a combination of misfeasance and malfeasance. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "The new lawsuit challenging Georgia’s entire elections system, explained," 30 Nov. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of misfeasance was circa 1626

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3 Nov 2020

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“Misfeasance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfeasance. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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