Definition of misconduct in English:



  • 1Unacceptable or improper behavior, especially by an employee or professional person.

    ‘she was found guilty of professional misconduct by a disciplinary tribunal’
    • ‘Within fifteen minutes, my files had been impounded - and an inquiry launched to investigate potential scientific misconduct.’
    • ‘The issue never got as far as whether spitting constitutes gross misconduct.’
    • ‘Five nurses were found guilty of professional misconduct, four were censured and one was removed from the register.’
    • ‘They also say there should be a mechanism to review doctors found guilty of professional misconduct to establish if other patients have been affected.’
    • ‘These two had also both been found guilty of serious professional misconduct, which most of the voters probably did not know.’
    • ‘He faced being dismissed from his job for gross misconduct if his employers learned of the offence.’
    • ‘Dioceses are writing and implementing policies on clergy misconduct.’
    • ‘In the law books obviously there are some provisions for punishing police officers for misconduct in course of their duties.’
    • ‘You would hardly say they were guilty of professional misconduct, would you, because they were there as a group of lawyers?’
    • ‘Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.’
    • ‘Previous abuse cases have involved misconduct by relatively untrained National Guard and Reserve troops.’
    • ‘It is the duty of the media to reveal misconduct and this attempt at doing so should be applauded.’
    • ‘In rarer instances, she claimed such equipment had been used to provide proof of gross misconduct among employees.’
    • ‘Did the misconduct harm a child or place a child at risk of harm?’
    • ‘A hearing is underway on a possible case of juror misconduct.’
    • ‘But I believe it to be a disciplinary offence - gross misconduct.’
    • ‘Since these studies, reports have indicated that some reform efforts to curb police misconduct have reduced excessive force complaints.’
    • ‘But his employers sacked him, saying he was guilty of gross misconduct.’
    • ‘They face indefinite suspension while charges of gross misconduct are investigated.’
    • ‘She has a duty and an obligation to report such misconduct as people stealing things.’
    misbehaviour, bad behaviour, misdeeds, misdemeanours, disorderly conduct, badness, mischief, naughtiness, rudeness
    wrongdoing, delinquency, unlawfulness, lawlessness, crime, felony, criminality, sin, sinfulness, evil, evil-doing
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    1. 1.1Hockey A penalty assessed against a player for unsportsmanlike conduct.
      • ‘Referee Bill McCreary handed out five misconduct penalties in the second period, and in that he was perhaps lenient, because the misbehavior extended to the team benches and the stands.’
      • ‘Schultz never had more than 26 fighting majors in a season - he piled up a lot of his penalty minutes by being tagged for misconducts along with his fights.’
      • ‘A player who receives a misconduct penalty will remain off the ice for ten minutes.’
  • 2Mismanagement, especially culpable neglect of duties.

    • ‘If the Democrats take Congress in November, the door is open to investigations not only of the misconduct of the war but also of the corruption of the various civilian programs in Iraq.’
    • ‘The Scottish Charities Office has taken legal action against 19 charities over misconduct or mismanagement since it was set up in 1992.’
    • ‘The SCO has powers to act in cases where there is evidence of alleged misconduct or mismanagement.’
    • ‘It is a failure of market structure created by too much easy capital, flawed business models, and mismanagement and misconduct on a grand scale.’
    • ‘In this case, there is no suggestion of misconduct on the part of the Estate's solicitors.’
    negligence, neglect, neglectfulness, delinquency, failure, non-performance
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  • 1Behave in an improper or unprofessional manner.

    • ‘A worker may be so experienced and have so misconducted himself or herself that a finding of contributory negligence is warranted.’
    • ‘The decision illustrates a fairly consistent approach by the Court of Appeal in cases where police officers from a particular squad or force have been proved to have misconducted themselves.’
    • ‘Each officer was charged with ‘misconducting themselves while serving as a police officer by unlawfully failing to take reasonable care of an arrested person in local custody’.’
    • ‘He said fans should behave well as Zambia risked FIFA sanctions if they misconducted themselves.’
    • ‘He seems to have established a firm exploitation of monasteries and he misconducted himself with nuns.’
    • ‘A small thing at hand is greater than a great thing remote, and Lilia, misconducting herself upon a mountain in Central Italy, was immediately hidden.’
    • ‘In this wrongful dismissal action, it appears that the defendant does not seriously dispute the fact that the plaintiff's co-employee seriously misconducted himself with respect to the plaintiff.’
    • ‘Then he found, without real elaboration, that: the Tribunal so misconducted itself as to have fallen into jurisdictional error.’
    • ‘A solicitor is not necessarily to be regarded as having misconducted himself by failing to honour an undertaking.’
    • ‘He might not even be considered for future national team assignments because of his behaviour at the tournament where he misconducted himself and used abusive language.’
    • ‘The second thing, of course - and this has happened - is that where the investigating officers are accused of misconduct themselves, then again that is an issue that we can investigate.’
    • ‘In addition it is highly unlikely that he will misconduct himself in the future.’
    • ‘There are bad eggs in any society be it on and off the field who misconduct themselves thereby putting the game to shame.’
    • ‘It's sad to note that in some quarters today even school boys tend to misconduct themselves on and off the field thereby degrading the institution and this beautiful sport.’
    • ‘Civil servants are liable to disciplinary action if they fail to observe any government regulation or official instruction, misconduct themselves in any manner or, by their actions, bring the civil service into disrepute.’
    • ‘The relevant principle is that if a member causes loss to the council he/she is liable to make good that loss if he/she has misconducted him/herself knowing that loss may result.’
    misbehave, do wrong, go wrong, behave badly, misconduct oneself, be bad, be naughty, get up to mischief, get up to no good, act up, act badly, give someone trouble, cause someone trouble
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  • 2[with object] Mismanage (duties or a project)

    • ‘We furthermore do not think that there is any evidence that the police in some way misconducted the inquiries during the period between the appellant being interviewed and the appellant being charged.’
    botch, bungle, fluff, fumble, make a mess of, mishandle, misdirect, misgovern, misconduct, mar, spoil, ruin, mangle, wreck
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