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malfeasance

Law the doing of a wrongful or illegal act, esp by a public official
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Given the inherent ambiguity of distinguishing legitimate from illegitimate sickness, we argue that the latter more clearly reflects behavior that is malfeasant in nature, and therefore the type of behavior that could result in dismissal.
Machiavelli also wrote that the severest blow to Savonarola's reputation was the malfeasant execution of five prominent Piagnoni for high treason--"the law was not observed.
The provincial setting of La Rabouilleuse quickly establishes the same economic and social exigencies that inspire the malfeasant actions of characters like Felix Grandet and Sylvie Rogron.
Moreover, it is no wonder that such politics breeds a politicized bureaucracy and a malfeasant system of law and order.
It is no wonder that such politics breeds a politicised bureaucracy and a malfeasant system of law and order.
Interestingly, both formulations of the Rule adopt the term "consequences," which connotes something vaguely malfeasant and sinister.
It is only the cacophonous protestations with which the epoch responds to the challenge--subsuming within their decibels all hope of discerning in the movement of life a tonality, a rhythm, or a tempo--that give the malfeasant away.
Such trust is not calculative or limited to an occasional transaction that entails a comparison of the benefits and costs of others' malfeasant behavior; instead, it is based on a belief in others' moral integrity (Leana & van Buren, 1999).
The NAIC recognizes that streamlined 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.
For instance, a second-tier officer's determination that a certain carcinogen is permissible in amounts up to six parts-per-million (ppm) in drinking water, as opposed to five ppm as the first-tier officer believes, is likely not a determination that constitutes inefficient, neglectful, or malfeasant action.
s pre-death assessment is true, at least according to Wittgenstein: logic is, indeed, unshakable, its structure not contained or containable within language and thus impervious to its malfeasant content, including the contradiction.
The odds of deterring a malfeasant country with fines, however semi-automatic they may appear, are slim.