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malfeasance

[malfē′zəns]
Etymology: Fr, malfaire, to do evil
performance of an unlawful, wrongful act. Compare misfeasance, nonfeasance.

malfeasance (malfē´zəns),

n an act that one should not do at all or the unjust performance of some act that one has no right to do.
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We argue that the literature's limited empirical evidence informing principal-agent problems between employers and employees primarily reflects the inherent difficulty of measuring effort levels and in particular malfeasant shirking activity.
Because the determinative response to deviancy occurs locally, communities that treat crime as something best left to institutions and professionals at far remove, act in a malfeasant way.
Through an inadvertent oversight in the new law, active police officers who also had a record of misdemeanor domestic violence were found to be just as much at risk of losing their guns as any other malfeasant citizen, even if the police officers in question needed their firearm(s) to perform their sworn duty.
In its adjudication of civil disputes, government engages in indulgence by failing to make tort judgments against truly malfeasant defendants or by making tort awards to frivolous plaintiffs for example, in liability, discrimination, or sexual harassment suits beyond the bounds of a thick-skinned tort doctrine.
We number our onerous desires and malfeasant thoughts and do the opposite.
This 'new economics of organization', as Moe (1984) observes, suggests that cooperative effort is plagued by opportunities for malfeasant behaviour and proposes that formal monitoring mechanisms and incentive systems originate as efficient responses to the problems of cooperation.
It has become a watershed case for the environmental community: if a project as clearly dangerous and malfeasant as the East Liverpool incinerator can't be stopped, then perhaps nothing can.
The NAIC recognizes that stream-tined non-resident producer Licensing is an important goal, but I want to emphasize that efforts to do so must not undermine current state authorities to protect insurance consumers and take enforcement action against malfeasant producers," Lindeen said.
The NAIC recognizes that streamlined nonresident producer licensing is an important goal, but I want to emphasize that efforts to do so must not undermine current state authorities to protect insurance consumers and take enforcement action against malfeasant producers," Lindeen said.
If litigation became less imperfect, or if directors became more malfeasant, the current balance achieved by the business judgment rule may become obsolete.
always the risk that a malfeasant actor will corrupt or exploit a
A yet another common practice among malfeasant managers is to announce backdated insolvency.