abuse of process

Legal Definition of abuse of process

: the tort of bringing and following through with a civil or criminal action for a purpose known to be different from the purpose for which the action was designed — compare malicious prosecution

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“Abuse of process.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/abuse%20of%20process. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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