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The doing of an illegal and unlawful act; wrongdoing, especially a violation of the public trust by a public official.
EXAMPLE: Franz hopes to get re-elected and accepts a bribe to fund his campaign from the Widgets Corporation in exchange for the promise of providing them future government contracts. Franz has committed malfeasance.
Compare misfeasance; nonfeasance.
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; ©
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