mis·​con·​duct | \ ˌmis-ˈkän-(ˌ)dəkt How to pronounce misconduct (audio) \

Definition of misconduct

1 : mismanagement especially of governmental or military responsibilities
2 : intentional wrongdoing specifically : deliberate violation of a law or standard especially by a government official : malfeasance
3a : improper behavior
b : adultery
4 : a penalty (as in ice hockey) for improper behavior or abusive language (as toward an official)

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misconduct \ ˌmis-​kən-​ˈdəkt How to pronounce misconduct (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of misconduct in a Sentence

He was forced to defend himself against charges of sexual misconduct. There have been reports of misconduct by several employees.
Recent Examples on the Web The 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law allowed the SEC to sue anyone in the administrative courts, including people accused of misconduct, such as insider trading, who didn’t work in the securities industry. Dave Michaels, WSJ, 18 May 2022 The incident came amid a series of controversies that have engulfed the San Jose Police Department in recent weeks involving several officers who have been arrested for various allegations of misconduct. Fox News, 13 May 2022 The academy has struggled to deal with members who have been accused of misconduct. Stacy Permanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 During his time on the bench, Cantrell was publicly reprimanded by the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance for two instances of misconduct. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Disney Television Studios cut ties with Savage, 45, after an investigation into multiple complaints of misconduct in his work for the ABC series, the report says. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 6 May 2022 Peeler, who was an early childhood health section manager at MDHHS, has been charged with two felony counts of misconduct in office and one misdemeanor count of willful neglect of duty. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2022 What would be your approach to investigating and disciplining employees accused of misconduct? oregonlive, 2 May 2022 In the past several months, five coaches either were dismissed or stepped down amid claims of misconduct. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of misconduct

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Misconduct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misconduct. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for misconduct


mis·​con·​duct | \ mis-ˈkän-ˌdəkt How to pronounce misconduct (audio) \

Kids Definition of misconduct

: bad behavior


mis·​con·​duct | \ mis-ˈkän-dəkt How to pronounce misconduct (audio) \

Legal Definition of misconduct

: intentional or wanton wrongful but usually not criminal behavior: as
a : deliberate or wanton violation of standards of conduct by a government official
b : wrongful behavior (as adultery) by a spouse that leads to the dissolution of the marriage
c : an attorney's violation of the standards set for professional conduct also : an attorney's and especially a prosecutor's use of deceptive or reprehensible methods in presenting a case to a jury
d : impermissible behavior by a juror (as communicating about the case with outsiders, witnesses, or others, reading or hearing news reports about the case, or independently introducing evidence to other jurors)
e : an employee's deliberate or wanton disregard of an employer's interests or disregard or violation of the employer's standards or rules that is sufficient to justify a denial of unemployment compensation

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