abuse of power

  

Definition

The act of using one’s position of power in an abusive way. This can take many forms, such as taking advantage of someone, gaining access to information that shouldn’t be accessible to the public, or just manipulating someone with the ability to punish them if they don’t comply.

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  • You should never use an abuse of power that will cause others in your company to start losing your respect.

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  • The county judge in a recent court case was using his abuse of power as he handed down the clients final incarnation.

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  • I thought there was a lot of abuse of power going on in the organization, so I decided to leave and go somewhere else.

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