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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Misfeasance

Meaning of Misfeasance

Originally, the term was used to denote trespass . In general sense, the improper performance of a lawful act. Also an act of misconduct which causes injury to another. Distinct from non- feasance which is the omission of an act which a person ought to do.

Misfeasance Alternative Definition

The performance of an act which might lawfully be done, in an improper manner, by which another person receives an injury. It differs from malfeasance or nonfeasance. See, generally, 2 Viner, Abr. 35 ; 2 Kent, Comm. 443; Doct. Plac. 62; Story, Bailm. § 9, It seems to be settled that there is a distinction between misfeasance and nonfeasance in the case of mandates. In cases of nonfeasance, the mandatary is not generally liable, because, his undertaking being gratuitous, there is no consideration to support it, but in cases of misfeasance the common law gives a remedy for the injury done, and to the extent of that injury. 5 Term R. 143; 4 Johns. (N. Y.) 81; 2 Johns. Cas. (N. Y.) 92; 1 Esp. 74; 2 Ld. Raym. 909; Story, Bailm. § 165; Bouv. Inst. Index.

Synonyms of Misfeasance


  • 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

Definition of Misfeasance in the Free Online Notary Dictionary

The Improper Doing Of An Act Which A Person Might Lawfully Do.

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See Also

  • Feasance


See Also

  • Law Dictionaries.
  • Malfeasance.
  • Misfeasance in Law Enforcement

    Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of misfeasance.


    See Also

    • Law Enforcement Officer
    • Police
    • Law Enforcement Agency

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