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[mal-uh d-min-uh-ster]
verb (used with object)
  1. to administer or manage badly or inefficiently: The mayor was a bungler who maladministered the city budget.
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Origin of maladminister

First recorded in 1695–1705; mal- + administer
Related formsmal·ad·min·is·tra·tion, nounmal·ad·min·is·tra·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for maladministration

Historical Examples

  • There was a growing impression of maladministration at Washington.

    The Negro and the Nation

    George S. Merriam

  • An impeachment is a trial of a high officer of state for maladministration of his office.

    Charles I

    Jacob Abbott

  • For his maladministration, gross as it had been, excuses were found.

  • Clive was called upon to put an end to the maladministration of Bengal.

  • He will be long remembered as the one oasis in a desert of maladministration.

British Dictionary definitions for maladministration


  1. bad, inefficient, or dishonest management of the affairs of an organization, such as a business or institution
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  1. (tr) to administer badly, inefficiently, or dishonestly
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Derived Formsmaladministrator, noun
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Word Origin and History for maladministration


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

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