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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Misconduct

Meaning of Misconduct

Any transgression of some established and definite rule of action , a dereliction from duty, unlawful behavior , wilful in character , improper or wrong behavior. In the context of employer -employee relationship, the term denotes an intentional or deliberate wrongful act or wanton negligence or neglectful failure in performance of his duties by an employee. See appeal of Moore, 560 P.2d67, 28 Or.App. 637. In relation to attorneys, the term denotes a dishonest act or attempt by counsel to persuade court or jury by use of deceptive or reprehensible methods. See People v Johnson, 114 Cal. Rptr. 545, 39 C.A.3d 749.

Synonyms of Misconduct


  • bad conduct
  • bad management
  • crime
  • delictum
  • delinquency
  • dereliction
  • deviation from rectitude
  • dishonest management
  • disorderly conduct
  • error
  • failing
  • failure
  • fault
  • guilty act
  • ill management
  • illegality
  • improper conduct
  • impropriety
  • indiscretion
  • infamous conduct
  • maladministration
  • malfeasance
  • malpractice
  • malversation
  • misadministration
  • misbehavior
  • misdeed
  • misdemeanor
  • misdoing
  • misfeasance
  • misgovernment
  • misguidance
  • mismanagement
  • misprision
  • negligence
  • nonfeasance
  • offense
  • peccadillo
  • peccatum
  • tort
  • transgression
  • turpitude
  • unprofessional conduct
  • wrong
  • wrongdoing
  • Associated Concepts: discharge for misconduct
  • gross misconduct
  • misconduct in office
  • official misconduct

Definition of Misconduct in the Free Online Notary Dictionary

Behavior Not Conforming To Prevailing Standards Or Laws.

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Comparative Rectitude, Impeach, Impeachment, Misfeasance, Trespass.

Translate Misconduct from English to Spanish

Translation of Misconduct , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Mala conducta and other legal terms is available here.

  • Mala conducta
  • Inconducta
  • Comportamiento ilícito, irregular o deshonesto.
  • Violación de los deberes correspondientes a un cargo, oficio o condición
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