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 "malfeasance," which is intentional conduct in violation of the law.

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  • 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

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  • 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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