malfeasance vs. misfeasance vs. nonfeasance – The Correct Way to Use Each – English Learning

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Confusing Words

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Malfeasance

Definition:

wrongful conduct by a public official

Examples:

The mayor was convicted of malfeasance.

VS.

Misfeasance

Definition:

doing a proper act in a wrongful or injurious manner

Examples:

liable for misfeasance

VS.

Nonfeasance

Definition:

A failure to act when under an obligation to do so; a refusal (without sufficient excuse) to do that which it is your legal duty to do

Examples:

it was nonfeasance on their part because they were responsible

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