Definition of “wrongful” - English Dictionary

“wrongful” in British English

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wrongfuladjective

uk /ˈrɒŋ.fəl/ us /ˈrɑːŋ.fəl/

Wrongful actions are unfair or illegal:

She is claiming damages from the company for wrongful dismissal.
wrongfully
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)

“wrongful” in Business English

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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
wrongfully
adverb

Many people believe she was wrongfully convicted.

(Definition of “wrongful” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)