Malfeasance – a wrongful, unlawful, or dishonest act; especially by a public official

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n. (17c)

1. A wrongful, unlawful, or dishonest act; especially, wrongdoing or misconduct by a public official; MALFEASANCE IN PUBLIC OFFICE.malfeasant, adj. — malfeasor, n. [1]

1. The doing of an act which is positively unlawful or wrong.  Alias v Rumson, 115 NJL 593, 181 A175, 102 ALR 648.

An act forbidden by law, or illegal, causing injury to the person or party of another.  35 Am J1st M & S § 588.

Of public officer: — the performance of an act in an official capacity that is wholly illegal and wrongful.  People ex rel. Johnson v Coffey, 237 Mich 591, 213 NW 460, 52 ALR 1. [2]

1. The doing of a wrongful act or unlawful act.

malfeasance in office:

1. The performance by a public official of an official act that is illegal or wrongful. [3]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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