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

    Herbert Feis

British Dictionary definitions for maldistribution


  1. 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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