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malpractice

mal·prac·tice

malpractice

pronunciation:
mael praek tihs
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part of speech: noun
definition: improper professional conduct due to incompetence, negligence, or unethical methods, esp. such conduct leading to injury or loss by a medical patient or a client of a lawyer.
The family of the patient who died is blaming the doctor and attempting to sue him for malpractice.
similar words:
abuse, dereliction, incompetence, malfeasance, malversation, misconduct, negligence