What does wrongful mean?

Definitions for wrongful
ˈrɔŋ fəl, ˈrɒŋ-wrong·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unlawful, wrongfuladjective

    having no legally established claim

    "the wrongful heir to the throne"

  2. wrongfuladjective

    unlawfully violating the rights of others

    "wrongful death"; "a wrongful diversion of trust income"

  3. wrongfuladjective

    not just or fair

    "a wrongful act"; "a wrongful charge"


  1. wrongfuladjective

    wrong or unjust

  2. wrongfuladjective

    unlawful or illegal

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wrongfuladjective

    Injurious; unjust.

    Etymology: wrong and full.

    I am so far from granting thy request,
    That I despise thee for thy wrongful suit. William Shakespeare.

    He that hath wronged so in daily trade, that he knows not in what measure he hath done it, must redeem his fault by alms, according to the value of his wrongful dealing. Taylor.

    Those whom forms of laws
    Condemn’d to die, when traitors judg’d their cause,
    Nor want they lots, nor judges to review
    The wrongful sentence, and award a new. Dryden.


  1. wrongful

    A civil wrong or wrong is a cause of action under civil law. Types include tort, breach of contract and breach of trust.Something that amounts to a civil wrong is wrongful. A wrong involves the violation of a right because wrong and right are contrasting terms. An 1860 legal ruling stated that: "It is essential to an action in tort that the act complained of should under the circumstances be legally wrongful as regards the party complaining; that is, it must prejudicially affect him in some legal right".The law that relates to civil wrongs is part of the branch of the law that is called the civil law. A civil wrong can be followed by civil proceedings. It is a misnomer to describe a civil wrong as a "civil offence". The law of England recognised the concept of a wrong before it recognised the distinction between civil wrongs and crimes in the 13th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wrongfuladjective

    full of wrong; injurious; unjust; unfair; as, a wrongful taking of property; wrongful dealing

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wrongful in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wrongful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of wrongful in a Sentence

  1. Jeremy Story:

    They are truly responsible for laying the foundations of this disaster by hiring Azaiez in spite of community concerns and, subsequent to that, suppressing the viewpoints of two other board members who have tried to draw attention to this problem, the unfaithful fiveboard members topped all these wrongful actions off by arresting Dustin [Clark, a father of four children in public schools]and I for speaking out against their misguided actions.

  2. Peters Baker:

    To say we're extremely pleased and grateful is an understatement, this brings justice -- finally -- to a man who has tragically suffered so, so greatly as a result of this wrongful conviction.

  3. Sam Rainsy:

    Substantially all of Cambodia’s media is now government controlled, it also occurs in the context of [the] ongoing wrongful imprisonment of opposition supporters and routine intimidation of those who continue to operate.

  4. Mario Lopez:

    This is killing the Republican Party and setting back the cause of Republican victory for sure, there is no question that Latino perceptions of the GOP are suffering a serious setback at the hands of Trump and those who back his wrongful and noxious language.

  5. Robert Bloom:

    What it means is that Lloyd's family might be able to collect from the estate, they would have an action against the estate because of the wrongful death of their family member.

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