[mal-dis-truh-byoo-shuh n]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maldistribution

Historical Examples of maldistribution

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

British Dictionary definitions for maldistribution



faulty, unequal, or unfair distribution (as of wealth, business, etc)
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Word Origin and History for maldistribution

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

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