What does misconduct mean?

Definitions for misconductmɪsˈkɒn dʌkt; ˌmɪs kənˈdʌkt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word misconduct.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. misconduct(noun)

    bad or dishonest management by persons supposed to act on another's behalf

  2. wrongdoing, wrongful conduct, misconduct, actus reus(verb)

    activity that transgresses moral or civil law

    "he denied any wrongdoing"

  3. misbehave, misconduct, misdemean(verb)

    behave badly

    "The children misbehaved all morning"

  4. mismanage, mishandle, misconduct(verb)

    manage badly or incompetently

    "The funds were mismanaged"


  1. Misconduct(n.)

    Unlawful or unethical conduct by a person holding a public office or having a position of responsibility in the administration of justice; malfeasance; as, discussing the case out of court during a trial is misconduct by a juror; especially, misuse of office by an elected or appointed government official, also called misconduct in office.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Misconduct(noun)

    wrong conduct; bad behavior; mismanagement

  2. Misconduct(verb)

    to conduct amiss; to mismanage

  3. Misconduct(verb)

    to behave amiss


  1. Misconduct

    A misconduct is a legal term meaning a wrongful, improper, or unlawful conduct motivated by premeditated or intentional purpose or by obstinate indifference to the consequences of one's acts. Two categories of misconduct are sexual misconduct and official misconduct. In connection with school discipline, "misconduct" is generally understood to be student behavior that is unacceptable to school officials but does not violate criminal statutes, including absenteeism, tardiness, bullying, and inappropriate language. Misconduct in the workplace generally falls under two categories. Minor misconduct is seen as unacceptable but is not a criminal offense. Gross misconduct can lead to dismissal,. Social misconduct has been variously categorized as vice by philosophers, sin by priests, crime by policemen, and disease by psychiatrists. Diagnosing social misconduct as psychosis has serious social consequences: involuntary commitment, involuntary drug treatments, and stigmatization. Psychiatric diagnoses are also powerful political and economic tools in the marketplace, serving the pharmaceutical and insurance industries.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Misconduct

    mis-kon′dukt, n. bad conduct: wrong management.—v.t. Misconduct′, to conduct badly.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of misconduct in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of misconduct in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Bennett:

    Sexual harassment and misconduct are never acceptable.

  2. New York:

    We will not tolerate this type of misconduct at any level.

  3. Southern Illinois University in 2014:

    The university takes all reports and investigations of sexual misconduct very seriously.

  4. Luis Aguilar:

    This will ensure that these (high frequency traders) can be held responsible for any potential misconduct.

  5. Jeffrey Beard:

    We do not tolerate staff misconduct of any kind and will take appropriate action to hold all employees accountable.

Images & Illustrations of misconduct

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