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 Mitina accuses the officers of excessive force, wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution and engaging in a civil conspiracy with her ex-husband, who wanted to enact revenge for her role in his 2015 arrest on domestic violence and kidnapping charges. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Parma mother says police used excessive force after accusing her of recording cellphone video of child custody exchange," 30 July 2020 McWhirter sits on the advisory board of the Arizona Justice Project, which works to help inmates overturn wrongful convictions. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Who is running for Maricopa County attorney?," 7 July 2020 New technology was available — and was clearly needed to protect against wrongful convictions. Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica, "Since We Reported on Flawed Roadside Drug Tests, Five More Convictions Have Been Overturned," 1 July 2020 Another Howard initiative includes the Conviction Integrity Unit, which reviews cases and overturns wrongful convictions. Dakin Andone, CNN, "5 things to know about the district attorney who charged the officers in the Rayshard Brooks case," 29 June 2020 Sheila Albers and her husband, Steve, filed a wrongful-death suit against Overland Park and Jenison in federal court, in part because the police and prosecutor would not release reports about the case. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "After he shot and killed an unarmed teen driver, a Kansas police officer was paid a $70,000 severance," 3 July 2020 Jammed machines, wrongful recording, and confusing designs persist, as do widespread attempts to influence elections, suppress voters, and manipulate districts in order to diminish the electoral power of certain communities. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "The history of the US ballot is a fascinating journey through the making of a democracy," 2 July 2020 Kim Murga, the director of the Las Vegas police crime lab, said in 2016 the department was concerned about inaccurate field test results and potential wrongful arrests and convictions. Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica, "Since We Reported on Flawed Roadside Drug Tests, Five More Convictions Have Been Overturned," 1 July 2020 And this dangerous and powerful technology was responsible for the wrongful arrest of a man in Michigan. Sherrod Brown, Wired, "Privacy Isn’t a Right You Can Click Away," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of wrongful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wrongful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongful. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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wrongful

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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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