[ree-dis-truh-byoo-shuh n]
  1. a distribution performed again or anew.
  2. 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 formsre·dis·tri·bu·tion·al, re·dis·trib·u·to·ry [ree-di-strib-yuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌri dɪˈstrɪb yəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of redistribution

Historical Examples of redistribution

  • 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.


    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


  1. the act or instance of distributing or the state or manner of being distributed again
  2. (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

redistribution in Culture


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

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