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 (rông′fəl, rŏng′-)
1. Wrong or unjust: wrongful dismissal from a job.
2. Unlawful: wrongful search.

wrong′ful·ly adv.
wrong′ful·ness n.
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Noun1.wrongfulness - that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law; "he feels that you are in the wrong"
unjustness, injustice - the practice of being unjust or unfair
rightfulness, right - anything in accord with principles of justice; "he feels he is in the right"; "the rightfulness of his claim"
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(roŋ) adjective
1. having an error or mistake(s); incorrect. The child gave the wrong answer; We went in the wrong direction.
2. incorrect in one's answer(s), opinion(s) etc; mistaken. I thought Singapore was south of the Equator, but I was quite wrong.
3. not good, not morally correct etc. It is wrong to steal.
4. not suitable. He's the wrong man for the job.
5. not right; not normal. There's something wrong with this engine; What's wrong with that child – why is she crying?
incorrectly. I think I may have spelt her name wrong.
that which is not morally correct. He does not know right from wrong.
to insult or hurt unjustly. You wrong me by suggesting that I'm lying.
ˈwrongful adjective
not lawful or fair. wrongful dismissal from a job.
ˈwrongfully adverb
ˈwrongfulness noun
ˈwrongly adverb
1. incorrectly. The letter was wrongly addressed.
2. unjustly. I have been wrongly treated.
ˈwrongdoer noun
a person who does wrong or illegal things. The wrongdoers must be punished.
ˈwrongdoing noun
do (someone) wrong
to insult (someone), treat (someone) unfairly etc.
do wrong
to act incorrectly or unjustly. You did wrong to punish him.
go wrong
1. to go astray, badly, away from the intended plan etc. Everything has gone wrong for her in the past few years.
2. to stop functioning properly. The machine has gone wrong – I can't get it to stop!
3. to make a mistake. Where did I go wrong in that sum?
in the wrong
guilty of an error or injustice. She is completely blameless. You're the one who's in the wrong!
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274) Society expresses the importance of sexual integrity by punishing violations of that right through a special offense that describes the unique wrongfulness of the infringement.
Though variously stated, the common knowledge exception to the expert testimony requirement has three essential elements: (1) the plaintiff has asserted a claim of medical malpractice; (2) the care or result of the care is patently bad; and (3) a person without the pertinent medical knowledge can assess the wrongfulness of the diagnosis, treatment, or care and attribute the plaintiff's injury to the wrongful conduct without the assistance of expert testimony.
Current law excludes death sentences for the mentally retarded, but should be expanded to exclude those who, at the time of the offense, had "a severe mental disorder or disability that significantly impaired their capacity to appreciate the nature, consequences, or wrongfulness of their conduct.
This final volume in the series deals with the last prerequisites of fault-based liability: wrongfulness.
Unless the offender comes to appreciate the wrongfulness of her actions and is led to apologize, the strong form of forgiveness is not available.
It is only ambivalence about death--some lurking, ineradicable sense of its wrongfulness, juxtaposed against all rational arguments for its inevitability and even preferability--that is inevitable.
Case 2 has seemed to many to be sufficiently analogous to case 1 to support the analogous claim of presumptive wrongfulness.
It is, however, distinct from the international law of state responsibility, wherein we find many of the circumstances that preclude wrongfulness, which are more of a case-by-case examination of justifications for deviations from international law, including the law of treaties.
The court also pointed out that it was the incorrect denial of benefits, not some sinister concept of wrongfulness, that forms the basis for the award of attorneys' fees if the denial is incorrect.
The defense argued that Uyesugi, a Japanese-American, suffers from a psychosis that made it impossible for him to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions on the day of shooting.
30) The young woman similarly tries to argue that she has received a proportionately equal injury by being forced to spend the night naked on the tower, and was made to realize her wrongfulness and stupidity (143); although the injury was not as great as spending a night outside in winter, the fact that she has learned from her experience should render it equal to the scholar's.