Definition of wrongful in English:

wrongful

adjective

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

    ‘he is suing the police for wrongful arrest’
    • ‘In addition, the persuasion of the employees to leave was pleaded as wrongful inducement of breach of contract.’
    • ‘The claimant brought an action for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.’
    • ‘As a result, the defendants deny that the plaintiff is entitled to damages for wrongful dismissal.’
    • ‘In the passage cited above he referred to the defendant's asking the court to sanction his committing a wrongful act.’
    • ‘Not all wrongful acts are criminal, and not all acts which are not criminal are innocent.’
    • ‘Rather this issue would lie at the very heart of the claim for wrongful, as opposed to unfair, dismissal.’
    • ‘Such behavior is cruel and wrongful according not only to the law, but to common sense.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First, compensation can only be appropriate where the damage has been caused by the wrongful act.’
    • ‘The cause of action against the police was malicious prosecution and wrongful imprisonment.’
    • ‘It used to be impossible to prove that the legal system produces wrongful convictions.’
    • ‘She was released without charge, and sought damages for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.’
    • ‘Is it not the common law that a citizen is entitled to use self-defence in the case of wrongful arrest?’
    • ‘The plaintiff's case was for wrongful arrest upon a breach of peace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can understand how wrongful reception or rejection of evidence can affect a verdict.’
    • ‘He also claimed damages for wrongful dismissal, mental distress and punitive damages.’
    • ‘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.’
    unjustified, unwarranted, unjust, unfair, undue, undeserved, uncalled for, unreasonable, unnecessary, groundless, indefensible, inappropriate, improper, unlawful, illegal, illegitimate, illicit
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Pronunciation:

wrongful

/ˈrɒŋfʊl//ˈrɒŋf(ə)l/