from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Improper and unlawful execution of an act that in itself is lawful and proper.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wrong that arises from an action. The wrong can be actual or alleged. This word is often used in law, relating to the wrongful use of legal authority.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A trespass; a wrong arising from an overt act; the improper doing of an act which a person might lawfully do.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law: A trespass; a wrong done
- n. In modern use, more specifically, the misuse of power; misbehavior in office; the wrongful and injurious exercise of lawful authority, as distinguished from malfeasance and nonfeasance. This word is often carelessly used in the sense of malfeasance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. doing a proper act in a wrongful or injurious manner
Anglo-Norman mesfesaunce, from mesfere, to do wrong : mes-, wrongly (from Old French; see mis-1) + fere, to do (from Latin facere; see dhē- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From mis- + feasance (Wiktionary)