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[ree-dis-truh-byoo-shuh n] /ˌri dɪs trəˈbyu ʃən/
a distribution performed again or anew.
Economics. the theory, policy, or practice of lessening or reducing inequalities in income through such measures as progressive income taxation and antipoverty programs.
Origin of redistribution
First recorded in 1830-40; re- + distribution
Related forms
redistributional, redistributory
[ree-di-strib-yuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌri dɪˈstrɪb yəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
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  • The redistribution Bill was carried, January, 1885, after animated debate.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • There are definite principles to be observed in the redistribution of population.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • Democracy, however, is not a mere scheme for the redistribution of wealth.

  • redistribution and rectification of the error were in order.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • The process can be reversed only by the redistribution of wealth.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for redistribution


the act or instance of distributing or the state or manner of being distributed again
(in Canada) a periodic revision of the number of seats in the House of Commons, made to reflect changes in population
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Word Origin and History for redistribution

1831, from French redistribution; see re- + distribution.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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redistribution in Culture

redistribution definition

Any process, such as inflation or taxation or the provision of social services, that reallocates household income.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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