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[mal-dis-truh-byoo-shuh n]
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  1. bad or unsatisfactory distribution, as of wealth, among a population or members of a group.

Origin of maldistribution

First recorded in 1890–95; mal- + distribution
Related formsmal·dis·trib·ut·ed [mal-di-strib-yuh-tid] /ˌmæl dɪˈstrɪb yə tɪd/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for maldistribution

Historical Examples

  • The less the economic waste, due to maldistribution and to other causes, the greater the product of industry will be.

    The Settlement of Wage Disputes</p>

    Herbert Feis

British Dictionary definitions for maldistribution


  1. faulty, unequal, or unfair distribution (as of wealth, business, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for maldistribution


also mal-distribution, 1824, from mal- + distribution.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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