malfeasance vs misfeasance vs nonfeasance

malfeasance misfeasance nonfeasance


  • 1) law Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official that causes damage.
  • 2) wrongdoing
  • 3) Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official.
  • 4) (Law) The doing of an act which a person ought not to do; evil conduct; an illegal deed.
  • 5) wrongful conduct by a public official
  • 6) Evil-doing; the doing of that which ought not to be done; wrongful conduct, especially official misconduct; violation of a public trust or obligation; specifically, the doing of an act which is positively unlawful or wrongful, in contradistinction to misfeasance, or the doing of a lawful act in a wrongful manner. The term is often inappropriately used instead of misfeasance.


  • 1) A wrong that arises from an action. The wrong can be actual or alleged. This word is often used in law, relating to the wrongful use of legal authority.
  • 2) Improper and unlawful execution of an act that in itself is lawful and proper.
  • 3) (Law) A trespass; a wrong arising from an overt act; the improper doing of an act which a person might lawfully do.
  • 4) doing a proper act in a wrongful or injurious manner
  • 5) In modern use, more specifically, the misuse of power; misbehavior in office; the wrongful and injurious exercise of lawful authority, as distinguished from malfeasance and nonfeasance. This word is often carelessly used in the sense of malfeasance.
  • 6) In law: A trespass; a wrong done


  • 1) law The intentional failure to perform an official duty or legal requirement.
  • 2) law The lack of liability associated with the failure to act.
  • 3) Failure to perform an act that is an official, contractual, or professional duty.


  • 1) Two officials were dismissed by the bank for malfeasance, a scapegoat gesture.
  • 2) If you're a professional, exposure of your malfeasance is the critic's job.
  • 3) In the REAL WORLD this kind of malfeasance is scienter for a class action.
  • 4) How much criminality and malfeasance is required to cut these urban parasites off from the money they can't raise on their own?
  • 5) The inability to get to the bottom of things -- or the top -- when military malfeasance is at issue is an instance of the "culture of impunity."
  • 6) But all this malfeasance is done by state and local governments.
  • 7) If fraud and malfeasance is proven, it should be severely prosecuted.
  • 8) “But all this malfeasance is done by state and local governments.”
  • 9) Their shady deals and malfeasance is ruining our Middle Class and destroying our working poor.
  • 10) ‘This would occur whenever the public is made aware of official malfeasance or incompetence.’
  • 11) ‘Unions and victims' groups have already accused the company of fraud, deceit and corporate malfeasance.’
  • 12) ‘Even if they were just friends, that made it newsworthy, because it was about public malfeasance.’
  • 13) ‘Its greatest concern has been unrest in rural areas brought on by official malfeasance and land disputes.’
  • 14) ‘Reporters have long been the last bastion against tyranny, wrongdoing and malfeasance.’
  • 15) ‘But this litigation is often the only means to protect society from medical malpractice or corporate malfeasance.’


  • 1) The army immediately assumed crisis mode and denied any connections between Hasan's religious beliefs and his actions, they summarily dismissed the idea of misfeasance in ignoring warnings of a potential fifth columnist in their midst, and they are now instructing high level officers to sing from the Political correctness hymnbook as General Casey now yammers on about the glories of diversity and that this is the strength of our great republic.
  • 2) Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday said he had dispatched Justice Department officials to the Gulf Coast to determine whether there had been any "misfeasance" or "malfeasance" related to the leaking oil rig off the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 3) "Also, when people come in to start a recall and I show them the legal definitions of 'misfeasance' and 'malfeasance,' that usually stops it right there."
  • 4) Because I knew in beginning this book that I would be reporting on what Mr. Galbraith calls "misfeasance," I knew I owed it to the others named in the book — some who were my friends, and some who weren't — to report on my own misfeasance as well.
  • 5) Mr Justice Sweeney that the action by Malcolm, who alleges "misfeasance" in public office and a breach of his human rights, was not "trivial".
  • 6) A councilman may also be removed for violation of general state law, such as misfeasance or malfeasance.
  • 7) Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher notes, "I believe what is restraining our economy is not monetary policy but fiscal misfeasance in Washington."
  • 8) It might well retard job creation, should it give rise to inflationary expectations or, worse, imply that, having suffered the slings and arrows of popular and political contempt as we went about doing what we did to save the financial system, we have now been compromised and become a pliant accomplice to Congress's and the executive branch's fiscal misfeasance.
  • 9) They are suing Allen, then the most senior officer in MI6 responsible for counter-terrorism, alleging "complicity in torture" and "misfeasance in public office".
  • 10) ‘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.’
  • 11) ‘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.’
  • 12) ‘I have evidence of perjury and the perversion of the course of justice and misfeasance in public office.’
  • 13) ‘There must have been a misfeasance or breach of trust.’
  • 14) ‘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.’


  • 1) When no one laughed along, Sherman focused in on the Bush Admin's "nonfeasance" to see if that was an impeachable offense.
  • 2) And the article in The Nation provides valuable new evidence to go along with all of the other evidence of malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance that we've seen up until now.
  • 3) Not being a Senator, I need not have an opinion on whether this probably innocent act of nonfeasance ought to disqualify Mr. Geithner from high office.
  • 4) That came five months later, after he had either resigned because of lack of support from the Justice Department or had been fired for what was characterized as “nonfeasance” the evidence supported the former interpretation.
  • 5) This law puts them in a no-win situation: They will be forced to offend and anger someone who is perhaps a citizen or here legally when they ask to see his papers or be accused of nonfeasance because they do not.
  • 6) If we take back even one house this November we will be able to conduct hearings where the architects of this monstrosity will be required to defend their malfeasance, or nonfeasance, before the dreaded cameras of C-Span.
  • 7) She seems well equipped to root out malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance of these clowns that had to pass the Montica Goodling (?) loyalty test after she graduated, with high honers, from some place called Regent U.
  • 8) Such removal may be effected "for neglect of duty, malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office, for any willful violation of Title XXXV of the Revised Code, or for any any other good and sufficient cause."
  • 9) ‘Recovery in tort is dependent on the plaintiff establishing injury and loss resulting from an act of misfeasance or nonfeasance on the part of the defendant, the tortfeasor.’
  • 10) ‘At first sight, to say that the defendant's nonfeasance did not cause the plaintiff's loss seems to provide a sort of objective criterion for not imposing liability.’
  • 11) ‘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.’
  • 12) ‘Questions of nonfeasance and misfeasance were not regarded as relevant to anything.’
  • 13) ‘Malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance are ancient legal concepts covering how officials misuse power.’

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