wrongful

adjective

wrong·​ful ˈrȯŋ-fəl How to pronounce wrongful (audio)
1
2
a
: having no legal sanction : unlawful
b
: having no legal claim
a wrongful heir
wrongfully adverb
wrongfulness noun

Examples of wrongful in a Sentence

He is suing his former employer for wrongful termination. charged with wrongful possession of narcotics
Recent Examples on the Web From life before her wrongful conviction to everything that’s happened since her acquittal, here’s an in-depth look at where Amanda Knox is now. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 5 June 2024 DuVernay reiterated her belief that Fairstein was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of the Central Park Jogger case, which led to the wrongful conviction of five Black and Latino teenagers. Melissa Noel, Essence, 5 June 2024 Advocates: System can be slow, secretive, political The pardon process can start with a petition, where someone who was incarcerated makes their case for the state to forgive them, apologize for a wrongful conviction or lessen a sentence. Ryan Oehrli, Charlotte Observer, 29 May 2024 Withholding evidence that could have absolved Benson of guilt violated his constitutional right to due process, leading to a wrongful conviction, according to the complaint. Lauren Liebhaber, Kansas City Star, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for wrongful 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wrongful was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wrongful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongful. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

wrongful

adjective
wrong·​ful ˈrȯŋ-fəl How to pronounce wrongful (audio)
1
: wrong entry 2 sense 1
a wrongful act
2
: unlawful
wrongful possession of another's property
wrongfully adverb
wrongfulness noun

Legal Definition

wrongful

adjective
wrong·​ful ˈrȯŋ-fəl How to pronounce wrongful (audio)
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
wrongfully adverb
wrongfulness noun

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