Definition of wrongful in US English:

wrongful

adjective

  • (of an act) not fair, just, or legal.

    ‘he is suing the police for wrongful arrest’
    • ‘First, compensation can only be appropriate where the damage has been caused by the wrongful act.’
    • ‘Not all wrongful acts are criminal, and not all acts which are not criminal are innocent.’
    • ‘The plaintiff's case was for wrongful arrest upon a breach of peace.’
    • ‘The claimant brought an action for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.’
    • ‘She was released without charge, and sought damages for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.’
    • ‘It used to be impossible to prove that the legal system produces wrongful convictions.’
    • ‘Is it not the common law that a citizen is entitled to use self-defence in the case of wrongful arrest?’
    • ‘Rather this issue would lie at the very heart of the claim for wrongful, as opposed to unfair, dismissal.’
    • ‘It is sufficient that the defendant knew all the facts which made it wrongful for him to participate in the way in which he did.’
    • ‘He also claimed damages for wrongful dismissal, mental distress and punitive damages.’
    • ‘Such behavior is cruel and wrongful according not only to the law, but to common sense.’
    • ‘In addition, the persuasion of the employees to leave was pleaded as wrongful inducement of breach of contract.’
    • ‘The cause of action against the police was malicious prosecution and wrongful imprisonment.’
    • ‘I can understand how wrongful reception or rejection of evidence can affect a verdict.’
    • ‘In the passage cited above he referred to the defendant's asking the court to sanction his committing a wrongful act.’
    • ‘In all cases the primary question is one of fact: did the wrongful act cause the injury?’
    • ‘Similarly, and underpayment of salary in lieu of notice would constitute a wrongful termination and have the same effect.’
    • ‘It is clear law that tax paid after a wrongful demand may be recovered back by the taxpayer.’
    • ‘On each, the defendant had urged that he take legal advice in connection with his complaint of wrongful eviction.’
    • ‘As a result, the defendants deny that the plaintiff is entitled to damages for wrongful dismissal.’
    unjustified, unwarranted, unjust, unfair, undue, undeserved, uncalled for, unreasonable, unnecessary, groundless, indefensible, inappropriate, improper, unlawful, illegal, illegitimate, illicit
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Pronunciation

wrongful

/ˈrôNGfəl//ˈrɔŋfəl/