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 performance of an official duty in an improper or unlawful manner or with an improper or corrupt motive compare malfeasance, nonfeasance

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

I noun breach of law, civil wrong, dereliction, deviation from rectitude, improper action, improper performance, infringement, injurious exercise of lawful authority, injurious exercise of authority, misconduct, misdeed, misdoing, offense, offense against the law, official misconduct, peccadillo, transgression, unlawful use of power, violation of law, wrong, wrong arising from affirmative action, wrongdoing, wrongful performance of a normally legal act, wrongfulness associated concepts: malfeasance, negligence, nonfeasance II index bad faith, crime, delict, fault (responsibility), guilt, infringement, maladministration, misconduct, misdeed, misdemeanor, misdoing, misprision, offense, tort, transgression

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Doing a legally required duty in the wrong way.

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

Performing a legal action in an improper way. This term is frequently used when a professional or public official does his job in a way that is not technically illegal, but is nevertheless mistaken or wrong. Here are some examples of misfeasance in a professional context: a lawyer who is mistaken about a deadline and files an important legal document too late, an accountant who makes unintentional errors on a client's tax return, or a doctor who writes a prescription and accidentally includes the wrong dosage. Compare: malfeasance, nonfeasance
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 Generally, an act of wrong-doing.
2 An otherwise legal act that is performed in an illegal fashion.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A term used in tort law to describe an act that is legal but performed improperly.

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

A term used in tort law to describe an act that is legal but performed improperly.
II Improper performance of an act which a person might lawfully do.

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

   management of a business, public office or other responsibility in which there are errors and an unfortunate result through mistake or carelessness, but without evil intent and/or violation of law. Misfeasance is distinguished from "malfeasance," which is intentional conduct in violation of the law.
   See also: malfeasance

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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