Definition of misfeasance in English:

misfeasance

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    dishonesty, dishonest dealings, unscrupulousness, deceit, deception, duplicity, double-dealing, fraud, fraudulence, misconduct, lawbreaking, crime, criminality, delinquency, wrongdoing, villainy
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Old French mesfaisance, from mesfaire, from mes- ‘wrongly’ + faire ‘do’ (from Latin facere). Compare with malfeasance.

Pronunciation

misfeasance

/ˌmɪsˈfizəns//ˌmisˈfēzəns/