1. professional wrongdoing that results in injury or damage
; - Example: "the widow sued his surgeon for malpractice"
2. a wrongful act that the actor had no right to do
; improper professional conduct
; - Example: "he charged them with electoral malpractices"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Malpractice \Mal*prac"tice\, n. [Mal- + practice.]
Evil practice; illegal or immoral conduct; practice contrary
to established rules; specifically, the treatment of a case
by a surgeon or physician in a manner which is contrary to
accepted rules and productive of unfavorable results.
[Written also malepractice.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: professional wrongdoing that results in injury or damage;
"the widow sued his surgeon for malpractice"
2: a wrongful act that the actor had no right to do; improper
professional conduct; "he charged them with electoral
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
64 Moby Thesaurus words for "malpractice":
abuse, abuse of office, bad policy, befoulment, conversion,
corrupt administration, crime, criminal tendency, criminality,
criminosis, debasement, defalcation, defilement, desecration,
diversion, embezzlement, evil courses, evildoing, feloniousness,
fouling, impolicy, inexpedience, inexpediency, lawbreaking,
maladministration, malfeasance, malversation, misadministration,
misapplication, misappropriation, misconduct, misdemeanor,
misdirection, misdoing, misemployment, misfeasance, misgovernment,
misguidance, mishandling, mismanagement, misprision,
misprision of treason, misrule, misusage, misuse, neglect,
negligence, nonfeasance, omission, peculation, perversion,
pilfering, pollution, poor stewardship, positive misprision,
profanation, prostitution, sin, thou scarlet sin, vice,
viciousness, violation, wrong conduct, wrongdoing