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"wrongful" in British English

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uk   /ˈrɒŋ.fəl/ us   /ˈrɑːŋ.fəl/
Wrongful actions are unfair or illegal: She is claiming damages from the company for wrongful dismissal. wrongful arrest/imprisonment
adverb uk   /ˈrɒŋ.fəl.i/ us   /ˈrɑːŋ.fəl.i/
wrongfully arrested
(Definition of wrongful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wrongful" in American English

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wrongfuladjective [not gradable]

us   /ˈrɔŋ·fəl/
unfair or illegal: He has suffered terribly, after 15 years of wrongful imprisonment.
(Definition of wrongful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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wrongfuladjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈrɒŋfəl/ us  
used to describe actions that are unfair or illegal: wrongful arrest/conviction/imprisonment His lawyer is negotiating compensation for his wrongful conviction. wrongful act/conduct/death
Many people believe she was wrongfully convicted.
(Definition of wrongful from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “wrongful”
in Chinese (Simplified) 不公平的, 非法的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不公平的, 非法的…
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