[mal-prak-tis] /mælˈpræk tɪs/

Law. failure of a professional person, as a physician or lawyer, to render proper services through reprehensible ignorance or negligence or through criminal intent, especially when injury or loss follows.
any improper, negligent ; misconduct or misuse.
immoral, illegal, or unethical professional conduct or neglect of professional duty
any instance of improper professional conduct

1670s, hybrid coined from mal- + practice (n.). Also used in law for “illegal action by which a person seeks a benefit for himself while in a position of trust” (1758).

malpractice mal·prac·tice (māl-prāk’tĭs)
Improper or negligent treatment of a patient, as by a physician, resulting in injury, damage, or loss.

Mistakes or negligent conduct by a professional person, especially a physician, that results in damage to others, such as misdiagnosis of a serious illness. Damaged parties often seek compensation by bringing malpractice suits against the offending physician or other professional.


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