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[mal-uh d-min-uh-ster] /ˌmæl ədˈmɪn ə stər/
verb (used with object)
to administer or manage badly or inefficiently:
The mayor was a bungler who maladministered the city budget.
Origin of maladminister
1695-1705; mal- + administer
Related forms
maladministration, noun
maladministrator, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for maladministration
Historical Examples
  • The victim of jail cruelty and of the maladministration in government offices lies dead in his cell.

  • But it was not only in the army that this maladministration was visible.

    A History of England, Period III. Rev. J. Franck Bright
  • While he was absent there was no reason to fear any violence or maladministration in Italy or in Rome.

    Dialogues of the Dead Lord Lyttelton
  • This usurpation of powers and this maladministration Jefferson meant to end.

    Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard
  • Seeing that Mr. Buchanan has escaped any punishment for maladministration, no President need fear the anger of the people.

  • All this maladministration was very wrong, but we cannot afford to burn the MSS.

    Illuminated Manuscripts John W. Bradley
  • There was a growing impression of maladministration at Washington.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • All agree that it is a bungle,—the fault of maladministration and want of tact.

    Paris under the Commune John Leighton
  • An impeachment is a trial of a high officer of state for maladministration of his office.

    Charles I Jacob Abbott
  • In 1252 the Earl of Leicester was summoned from Gascony to answer various charges of maladministration.

British Dictionary definitions for maladministration


bad, inefficient, or dishonest management of the affairs of an organization, such as a business or institution


(transitive) to administer badly, inefficiently, or dishonestly
Derived Forms
maladministrator, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for maladministration

also mal-administration, 1640s, from mal- + administration.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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