mal·fea·sance /ˌmal-'fēz-əns/ n [mal- bad + obsolete English feasance doing, execution, from Old French faisance, from fais-, stem of faire to make, do, from Latin facere]: the commission (as by a public official) of a wrongful or unlawful act involving or affecting the performance of one's duties compare misfeasance, nonfeasance

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun bad conduct, corruption, dereliction, deviation from rectitude, ill conduct, illegal action, infringement, injurious action, misbehavior, misdeed, misdoing, misgovernment, mismanagement, overstepping, peccadillo, peccancy, transgression, unjust performance, unlawful action, wrongful action, wrongful conduct associated concepts: malfeasance in office, malfeasance of a public officer, misconduct, misfeasance, nonfeasance II index abuse (corrupt practice), blame (culpability), conversion (misappropriation), crime, delict, delinquency (misconduct), disloyalty, disservice, guilt, knavery, maladministration, misconduct, misdeed, misdemeanor, misprision, misrule, offense, tort, wrong

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Bad conduct; wrongdoing; a wrongful or unlawful act, particularly by a public official.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Intentionally doing something that is illegal. This term is often used when a professional or public official commits an illegal act that interferes with the performance of his or her duties. For example, an elected official who accepts a bribe in exchange for political favors has committed malfeasance. Compare: misfeasance, nonfeasance
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. An unlawful act, particularly one committed by a public official.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The commission of an act that is unequivocally illegal or completely wrongful.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The commission of an act that is unequivocally illegal or completely wrongful.
II The commission of an unlawful act.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   intentionally doing something either legally or morally wrong which one had no right to do. It always involves dishonesty, illegality or knowingly exceeding authority for improper reasons. Malfeasance is distinguished from "misfeasance," which is committing a wrong or error by mistake, negligence or inadvertence, but not by intentional wrongdoing. Example: a city manager putting his indigent cousin on the city payroll at a wage the manager knows is above that allowed and/or letting him file false time cards is malfeasance; putting his able cousin on the payroll which, unknown to him, is a violation of an anti-nepotism statute is misfeasance. This distinction can apply to corporate officers, public officials, trustees and others cloaked with responsibility.
   See also: misfeasance

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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