malpractice [mal-prak-tis] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for malpractice on noun

  1. Law. failure of a professional person, as a physician or lawyer, to render proper services through reprehensible ignorance or negligence or through criminal intent, especially when injury or loss follows.
  2. any improper, negligent practice; misconduct or misuse.

Origin of malpractice First recorded in 1665–75; mal- + practice Related formsmal·prac·ti·tion·er [mal-prak-tish-uh-ner] /ˌmæl prækˈtɪʃ ə nər/, noun Related Words for malpractice misbehavior, negligence, violation, carelessness, dereliction, misdeed, transgression, mismanagement, offense, malefaction Examples from the Web for malpractice Contemporary Examples of malpractice

  • But the malpractice system is not robust in China, and patients feel powerless.

    Will US Health Care Follow in China’s Bloody Footsteps?

    Daniela Drake

    September 21, 2014

  • The burden on plaintiffs in wrongful birth cases “is unique, and is inconsistent with other types of malpractice cases,” she said.

    Parents Sue for ‘Wrongful Birth’

    Elizabeth Picciuto

    August 17, 2014

  • For one, malpractice issues are unclear, since standard policies cover only FDA-approved therapies.

    I Got a Weed License in Minutes

    Daniela Drake

    June 24, 2014

  • Every decision carries with it an implied threat of malpractice litigation.

    How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

    Daniela Drake

    April 14, 2014

  • It was not a surveillance device that could betray intrusion or malpractice on the flight deck.

    MH370’s Pilots Behaved As They Should in an Emergency, Not as Sinister Killers

    Clive Irving

    March 24, 2014

  • Historical Examples of malpractice

  • Only a shoonoo doesn’t get sued for malpractice; he gets a spear stuck in him.

    Oomphel in the Sky

    Henry Beam Piper

  • This is so important that its voluntary omission is malpractice.

    Essays In Pastoral Medicine

    Austin Malley

  • And been suspected of the malpractice myself if he’d found it out?

    Three Plays by Granville-Barker

    Harley Granville-Barker

  • I thought there should in truth be heavy damages for malpractice on human souls.

    The Virginian

    Owen Wister

  • If he does not, then the charge of malpractice may be brought against him.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

    W. G. Aitchison Robertson

  • British Dictionary definitions for malpractice malpractice noun

    1. immoral, illegal, or unethical professional conduct or neglect of professional duty
    2. any instance of improper professional conduct

    Derived Formsmalpractitioner (ˌmælprækˈtɪʃənə), noun Word Origin and History for malpractice n.

    1670s, hybrid coined from mal- + practice (n.). Also used in law for “illegal action by which a person seeks a benefit for himself while in a position of trust” (1758).

    malpractice in Medicine malpractice [măl-prăk′tĭs] n.

    1. Improper or negligent treatment of a patient, as by a physician, resulting in injury, damage, or loss.

    malpractice in Culture malpractice

    Mistakes or negligent conduct by a professional person, especially a physician, that results in damage to others, such as misdiagnosis of a serious illness. Damaged parties often seek compensation by bringing malpractice suits against the offending physician or other professional.

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