Difference between Malfeasance and Misfeasance?


Misfeasance and malfeasance are similar yet different. Misfeasance defines a wrong action, the performance of a lawful action in an illegal manner or improper conduct in office. Malfeasance defines misconduct, misuse of authority by a public officer and the act of wrongdoing especially by a public officer in duty. The difference is mainly that misfeasance is the accidental improper conduct in office whereas in malfeasance, it is done on purpose.
Q&A Related to "Difference between Malfeasance and Misfeasance..."
I just heard James Oberstar (D-Minn. chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee spokesman accuse the Federal Aviation Agency of both misfeasance and malfeasance
Misfeasance: a wrong, actual or alleged,
As similar as these two words look, and even sound, they are different in meaning. They both derive from Latin words, but the distinction between the two words was made even back
Malfeasance means illegal actions, and nonfeasance means non-performance of obligation. Anonymous
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