Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Wrong; unjust: wrongful criticism.
  • adj. Unlawful: wrongful death.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. wrong or unjust
  • adj. unlawful or illegal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of wrong; injurious; unjust; unfair

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of or characterized by wrong; injurious; unjust; unfair: as, a wrongful taking of property.
  • Synonyms See wrong, a.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having no legally established claim
  • adj. unlawfully violating the rights of others
  • adj. not just or fair

Etymologies

wrong +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 6. The term wrongful birth suggests that some people should never have been born.

    Handle with Care

  • Kebble said he now intended to issue claims against the various parties involved in what he called his wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Democratic U.S. S.n. Harry Reid of Nevada wanted Bodgen to return to right what he called a wrongful dismissal.

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  • Screaming against what they call wrongful occupations when they are guilty of occupying Byzantine territory,

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

  • Leaving the criminal law on one side, what is the difference between the liability under the mill acts or statutes authorizing a taking by eminent domain and the liability for what we call a wrongful conversion of property where restoration is out of the question.

    Free New York Blog

  • Record fees in wrongful arrests of ‘terrorists’, ‘hurt feelings’ and assaulted protestors by the bucketful - the lawyers are moving in for the kill and well they might ask “What recession?”

    London G20 Police outnumbered and attacked « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Such duty, however, is not absolute, and its breach is actionable only if it is wrongful, that is to say, without justification or excuse.

    Law In The Health and Human Services

  • Universal executives, “engaged in wrongful tactics” that prevented her and Sonny’s heirs, “from receiving revenues they are owed from compilation albums,” says the story.

    Cher says Universal owes her $5 million

  • The tort is called wrongful birth for a reason, and believe me, it’s a tough one to wrap your heads around.

    Handle with Care

  • One of the Oklahoma measures requires women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound exam and the other bars certain damage awards against doctors facing so-called wrongful life or wrongful birth lawsuits.

    Oklahoma Passes Two Laws Intended to Curb Abortions

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