Definition of misfeasance in English:



  • A transgression, especially the wrongful exercise of lawful authority.

    • ‘I have evidence of perjury and the perversion of the course of justice and misfeasance in public office.’
    • ‘The effect of this is that the occupier's liability is governed by the common law, which provides that he will be liable for negligent misfeasance but not for nonfeasance.’
    • ‘There must have been a misfeasance or breach of trust.’
    • ‘In contrast with the tort of misfeasance in public office, bad faith is not an ingredient of the tort; it is not a defence for the defendant to say that he acted in good faith.’
    • ‘These public law remedies are additional to any private law remedies which would be available to him such as damages for misfeasance in public office, assault or negligence.’
    dishonesty, dishonest dealings, unscrupulousness, deceit, deception, duplicity, double-dealing, fraud, fraudulence, misconduct, lawbreaking, crime, criminality, delinquency, wrongdoing, villainy
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Early 17th century: from Old French mesfaisance, from mesfaire, from mes- wrongly + faire do (from Latin facere). Compare with malfeasance.