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misfeasance

mis·fea·sance

misfeasance

 
 
pronunciation:
mihs fi zns
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition: a normally lawful act performed in an unlawful way. (Cf. malfeasance, nonfeasance.)
Although the janitor did not intend harm, she may be liable for misfeasance because the floor she left wet caused an injury.
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derivation: misfeasor (n.)