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 wrongful (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 The lawyer is the inspiration for the ABC series For Life, based on his wrongful conviction on drug charges in 1991 and his quest to clear his name. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, "Here’s Everyone Running for New York City Mayor (So Far)," 4 Jan. 2021 About $33 million detailed in the records from Racine’s office covered six claims of wrongful conviction and death, while $2.8 million was to settle the last of several lawsuits over botched arrests during 2002 protests in Pershing Park. Washington Post, "These are the police misconduct lawsuits the public hears little about," 23 Nov. 2020 Philadelphia's district attorney is getting national attention in the fight against wrongful convictions. CBS News, "Man who was exonerated after more than 20 years in prison fights for others wrongfully convicted: "I'm very hopeful"," 9 Dec. 2020 Since deciding to tackle the issue of wrongful convictions, Washington has met with Barry Scheck and Nina Morrison of the New York Innocence Project, as well as Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "‘We seek justice’: Jefferson County district attorneys to tackle wrongful convictions," 30 Nov. 2020 And wrongful convictions remain a problem in Indian country. Smithsonian Magazine, "The Case of the Autographed Corpse," 19 Nov. 2020 Williams was profiled in the paper for his wrongful arrest after facial recognition software led Detroit police to accuse him of shoplifting. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Twitter suspends fake accounts pretending to be Black Trump supporters," 14 Oct. 2020 For wrongful arrest after police used erroneous eyewitness identification procedures following mob violence in Louisville. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Breonna Taylor settlement one of largest ever in U.S. for Black victim of police shooting," 15 Sep. 2020 Tony Reeves, the lead investigator who pursued the wrongful arrest of Fesser as a favor to Timeus. oregonlive, "West Linn Police Chief Terry Kruger fired with 3 months severance pay in wake of Michael Fesser case," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of wrongful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jan 2021

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“Wrongful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongful. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for wrongful

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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