[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM redistribution

re·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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for redistribution

/ (ˌriːdɪstrɪˈbjuːʃən) /


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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Culture definitions for redistribution


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

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