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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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So there is no question about the wrongfulness of each slave owner's actions, taken alone, while there is a serious question about the wrongfulness of each GHG emitter's actions, taken alone.
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.
This final volume in the series deals with the last prerequisites of fault-based liability: wrongfulness. It is a collection of country reports on the nature, importance, and function of the fault element in the various legal systems, complemented by example cases.
(14) Under that statute, an accused person pleading insanity in a criminal prosecution in the federal courts must prove that "as a result of a severe mental disease or defect [the accused] was unable to appreciate the nature and quality or the wrongfulness of his acts." (15) In addition, a majority of the state courts now adhere to the M'Naghten rule.
As to the reprehensibility factor, the court said that the wrongfulness of Cooper's conduct was that it obtained a head start by using a modified photograph of Leatherman's tool in its advertisement rather than taking the additional time and expense to produce its own mock-up, prototype or product.
My conversations with many Palestinians suggest that there would be a great willingness to find a formula that both sides could accept, possibly relying on an Israeli acknowledgment of the wrongfulness of the expulsions, especially in 1948, provisions for compensation for lost property and limited opportunities for return phased in over time.
It includes cheating in business and insisting that God bless the results; men and women being sexually promiscuous, though conscious of their wrongfulness; children rejecting the virtuous counsel of their parents; and believers wanting to enjoy the benefits of salvation and the pleasures of sin at the same time.
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.
People advanced reasons for the verdict -- the jurors wanted to go home; they'd gotten stuck on the legal definition of wrongfulness; the law governing a mental-illness defense was shaped in the 18th and 19th centuries and didn't mesh with the realities of psychiatric symptoms....
But then the ethical calculus takes over: "But when he remembered who he was, the wrong he had suffered, the reason for it, and the person who had inflicted it upon him, his indignation was rekindled, dispelling all his pity and fleshly desires, and clinging firmly to his resolve, he allowed her to proceed on her way."(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.