wrongful

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

Definition of wrongful

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
Recent Examples on the Web Strzok has sued the DOJ over allegations of wrongful termination. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "'He loves the play': Trump met with Strzok-Page actors in the Oval Office," 27 Feb. 2020 Lisa McCarrick filed a lawsuit against an Amazon unit on Monday in the Superior Court of California, Alameda County, claiming retaliation, wrongful termination, failure to prevent discrimination and violation of the state's labor code. NBC News, "Ex-Amazon manager says she scoured applicants' social media to determine race, gender," 26 Feb. 2020 Ten of Husel’s former colleagues recently sued Mount Carmel for defamation and, in some cases, wrongful termination. Washington Post, "Amid doc’s murder case, lawsuits reflect battle over blame," 14 Jan. 2020 Even when employers catch employees red-handed on video, some employee thieves sue for wrongful termination. Anchorage Daily News, "My boss told me to admit to something I didn’t do — or quit. I resigned, and I’m struggling to move on.," 13 Jan. 2020 But after a six-month investigation, outside counsel hired by the institute concluded that there had been no wrongful exploitation of scientific work. Oscar Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Out of Africa," 2 Mar. 2020 Our investigation and that of law enforcement has indicated no wrongful action on the part of our teacher or the educational aide. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Augusta-area mom sues school district for allegedly putting son in ‘cell’," 2 Mar. 2020 Chu and Raskin raised several cases of wrongful espionage accusations in their letter, including those of Xiaoxing Xi, a professor, and Sherry Chen, a scientist. NBC News, "Democratic lawmakers launch investigation into FBI handling of Chinese espionage," 25 Feb. 2020 Those who refuse to answer the census could be fined up to $100 and those who purposefully provide wrongful information could be fined up to $500. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The count for the 2020 Census begins next month. Here's what you need to know," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of wrongful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Mar 2020

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“Wrongful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongful. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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wrongful

adjective
How to pronounce wrongful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wrongful

: not legal, fair, or moral

wrongful

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

Kids Definition of wrongful

wrongful

adjective
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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