[mal-fee-zuh ns] /mælˈfi zəns/

noun, Law.
the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust).
Compare (def 2), .
(law) the doing of a wrongful or illegal act, esp by a public official Compare misfeasance, nonfeasance

1690s, from French malfaisance “wrongdoing,” from malfaisant, from mal- “badly” (see mal-) + faisant, present participle of faire “to do,” from Latin facere “to do” (see factitious). Malfeasor “wrong-doer” is attested from early 14c. Related: Malfeasant.


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