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"That’s his malpractice premium talking.
Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  professional wrongdoing that results in injury or damage
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"Malpractice" is most used in the field of medicine, but can apply to any professional.

Word Prefix:  Note that "mal" often means "bad".
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  • "That’s his malpractice premium talking.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • # On November 3 Hopton Stoddard filed suit against Howard Roark for breach of contract and malpractice, asking damages; he asked a sum sufficient to have the Temple altered by another architect.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • His life was insured for a hundred million yen; he was insured against malpractice for three hundred million yen.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • He told Deborah he needed to read her mother’s medical records to investigate how the doctors had treated her, and to document any possible malpractice.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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  • All minds except Father’s, that is, who frequently takes the name of Brother Fowles in vain, feeling certain now that all the stones in his path were laid by this deluded purveyor of Christian malpractice.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Imagine you work for an insurance company that sells doctors medical malpractice protection.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • After he lost the malpractice lawsuit—his first, and a big shock to him I now realize—he started pushing me to make decisons.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • This sounded like a malpractice disclaimer.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Paul, like most surgeons, was covered by malpractice insurance.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • He had one lawsuit after another, one malpractice case after another.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter

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  • Suppose he were sued by some vicious shrieking woman for malpractice.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Something about the way in which Clyde said this—his extreme nervousness as well as his willingness to indulge in a form of malpractice which the pharmacist by some logic all his own considered very different from just swallowing a preparation intended to achieve the same result—caused him to look suspiciously at Clyde, the thought stirring in his brain that very likely after all Clyde was not married, also that this was one of those youthful affairs which spelled license and future…
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The out-of-court settlement for my malpractice complaint.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • His malpractice was no matter of choice.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • It was a monument to farming malpractice, with great gullies cutting through it, and acres of good dark earth gone dead from misuse.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • Celia has judged 193 cases since she was elected to the People’s Court, from petty thievery and family disputes to more serious crimes of medical malpractice, arson, and counterrevolutionary activities.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Believe it or not, the risk of being sued for malpractice has very little to do with how many mistakes a doctor makes.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Analyses of malpractice lawsuits show that there are highly skilled doctors who get sued a lot and doctors who make lots of mistakes and never get sued.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • At the same time, the overwhelming number of people who suffer an injury due to the negligence of a doctor never file a malpractice suit at all.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • What comes up again and again in malpractice cases is that patients say they were rushed or ignored or treated poorly.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • "People just don’t sue doctors they like," is how Alice Burkin, a leading medical malpractice lawyer, puts it.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Malpractice sounds like one of those infinitely complicated and multidimensional problems.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • It’s possible to thin-slice a surgeon’s risk of being sued for malpractice on the basis of a small snippet of conversation.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He also said he believed Hopkins was guilty of medical malpractice, and that it was time to sue for the family’s cut of all the money Henrietta’s cells had earned since the fifties, a percentage of which he would take as his fee.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • At the same time, the threat of malpractice has made doctors less and less willing to take a chance on a patient, with the result that these days only about 10 percent of those admitted to a hospital on suspicion of having a heart attack actually have a heart attack.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • The doctor realizing from this, as he thought, what the true problem was—that she was a newly-married girl who was probably faced by just such a problem as she was attempting to outline—yet not wishing to enter upon any form of malpractice and at the same time not wishing to appear too discouraging to a young couple just starting out in life, gazed at her somewhat more sympathetically, the decidedly unfortunate predicament of these young people, as well as her appropriate modesty in…
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • "I mean," I said, "that you’re about to suffer a lawsuit for holding me incommunicado, and another one for malpractice, for your indiscriminate use of narcotics.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
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Associated words [difficulty]:   malpractice [6] , malicious [1] , malevolent [2] , malignant [2] , malady [3] , malign [4] , malinger [5] , malaise [6] , malediction [6] , malfeasance [6] , malodorous [7] , malcontent [8] , malefactor [8] , maladroit [9]
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