Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Wrong or unjust.
  • adjective Unlawful.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Full of wrong; injurious; unjust; unfair

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective wrong or unjust
  • adjective unlawful or illegal

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

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

Etymologies

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wrong +‎ -ful

Examples

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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,

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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.

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  • 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?”

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

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