misfeasance

The improper doing of an act which a person might lawfully do. Greenberg v Whitcomb Lumber Co. 90 Wis 225, 63 NW 93. The unlawful and injurious exercise of lawful authority, or the doing of a lawful act in an unlawful manner. Alias v Rumson, 115 NJL 593, 181 A 175, 102 ALR 648. The performance of a duty or act which one ought or has a right to do but in a manner such as to infringe upon the rights of others. Anno: 20 ALR 104.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • misfeasance — mis·fea·sance /mis fēz əns/ n [Anglo French misfesance, from Middle French mesfaire to do wrong, from mes wrongly + faire to make, do, from Latin facere]: the performance of a lawful action in an illegal or improper manner; specif: the… …   Law dictionary

  • misfeasance — mis‧fea‧sance [ˌmɪsˈfiːzns] noun [uncountable] LAW when someone accidentally makes a mistake when doing something: • misfeasance in relation to the transfer of the assets compare malfeasance, nonfeasance * * * misfeasance UK …   Financial and business terms

  • Misfeasance — Mis*fea sance, n. [OF. pref. mes wrong (L. minus less) + faisance doing, fr. faire to do, L. facere. Cf. {Malfeasance}.] (Law) A trespass; a wrong arising from an overt act; the improper doing of an act which a person might lawfully do. Bouvier.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misfeasance — (n.) wrongful exercise of lawful authority or improper performance of a lawful act, 1590s, from M.Fr. mesfaisance, from mesfaisant, prp. of O.Fr. mesfaire to misdo, from mes wrongly (see MIS (Cf. mis ) (2)) + faire to do, from L. facere to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • misfeasance — [mis fē′zəns] n. [OFr mesfaisance < mesfaire, to misdo: see MIS 1 & FEASANCE] Law wrongdoing; specif., the doing of a lawful act in an unlawful or improper manner: distinguished from MALFEASANCE, NONFEASANCE misfeasor [misfē′zər] n …   English World dictionary

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  • Misfeasance — With regards to performance on a contract, misfeasance is engaging in a proper action or duty, but failing to perform the duty correctly. Misfeasance often occurs in the business world when management does not comply with rules and procedures,… …   Investment dictionary

  • misfeasance —    In business, committing an error of management, with unfortunate results, by making a mistake or being careless, but without criminal intent or violation of law (e.g., genuine mistakes made by an accountant). Misfeasance is distinct from… …   Business law dictionary

  • misfeasance — /misfiyzans/ The improper performance of some act which a person may lawfully do. nonfeasance means the omission of an act which a person ought to do; misfeasance is the improper doing of an act which a person might lawfully do; and malfeasance… …   Black's law dictionary

  • misfeasance — noun Etymology: Middle French mesfaisance, from mesfaire to do wrong, from mes mis + faire to make, do, from Latin facere more at do Date: 1596 trespass; specifically the performance of a lawful action in an illegal or improper manner • misfeasor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • misfeasance — /mis fee zeuhns/, n. Law. 1. a wrong, actual or alleged, arising from or consisting of affirmative action. 2. the wrongful performance of a normally lawful act; the wrongful and injurious exercise of lawful authority. Cf. malfeasance, nonfeasance …   Universalium

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