wrong·​ful | \ ˈrȯŋ-fəl How to pronounce wrongful (audio) \

Definition of wrongful

1 : wrong, unjust
2a : having no legal sanction : unlawful
b : having no legal claim a wrongful heir

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Other Words from wrongful

wrongfully \ ˈrȯŋ-​fə-​lē How to pronounce wrongfully (audio) \ adverb
wrongfulness noun

Examples of wrongful in a Sentence

He is suing his former employer for wrongful termination. charged with wrongful possession of narcotics

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Also testifying is a man who sued for wrongful conviction after he was convicted of killing Anhang and spent eight months in jail. Danica Coto, Fox News, "Trial starts of Puerto Rico woman accused of murder for hire," 30 Aug. 2018 Ideal listener: Anyone interested in wrongful incarceration and racial justice. John Schwartz, New York Times, "Audiobooks for Those Long Summer Drives, Without the Kids," 28 May 2018 The matter of wrongful incarceration — that is not complicated. Nina Revoyr, latimes.com, "Talking to Tayari Jones about 'An American Marriage' and Oprah," 9 Mar. 2018 Under a wrongful-incarceration formula set by statute, Davis is eligible for nearly $600,000. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Wrongful incarceration claim bumps up against tight Senate budget," 27 Feb. 2018 Desmond Ricks and his daughter Akilah Cobb discuss the impact of a wrongful incarceration on their lives. Ed White, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit man awarded $1 million for wrongful conviction," 17 Jan. 2018 On his way out the door, BamBrogan sued Hyperloop One, Afshin Pishevar, and others, alleging wrongful termination, defamation, financial misdeeds, and assault. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Hyperloop startup Arrivo is shutting down as workers are laid off," 15 Dec. 2018 In March 2014, Gibson sued ESF and Staples for breach of contract, wrongful termination, and slander. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "“He never paid us a cent”—man suing Tesla has his own lawsuit-filled past," 31 Oct. 2018 One of the deputies, who fatally shot a black man during a foot pursuit, acknowledged the tattoos in testimony from a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the man’s family. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: Why the heat left so many powerless in L.A.," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of wrongful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wrongful

: not legal, fair, or moral


wrong·​ful | \ ˈrȯŋ-fəl How to pronounce wrongful (audio) \

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wrong·​ful | \ ˈrȯŋ-fəl How to pronounce wrongful (audio) \

Legal Definition of wrongful

1 : constituting a wrong especially : injurious to the rights of another a wrongful act or omission
2 : unlawful remained in wrongful occupation of the property a wrongful occupant

Other Words from wrongful

wrongfully adverb
wrongfulness noun

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