mal·​ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tion | \ ˌma-ləd-ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce maladministration (audio) \

Definition of maladministration

1 : corrupt or incompetent administration (as of a public office)
2 : incorrect administration (as of a drug)

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maladminister \ ˌma-​ləd-​ˈmi-​nə-​stər How to pronounce maladminister (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of maladministration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Presidential constitutions require that legislators produce evidence of high crimes or maladministration to impeach the president (with a trial decided by the senate or by the supreme court, depending on the country). Aníbal Pérez-liñán, Washington Post, "How would removing Trump from office affect U.S. democracy?," 26 May 2017 In fact, ever since Pence jumped into the co-pilot's seat next to President Crashcup, the Republicans in Indiana have broken a lot of rock trying to undo their former governor's acts of maladministration. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "'Choir Boy' Mike Pence Has a Little Machiavelli in Him," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of maladministration

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of maladministration was in 1639

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mal·​ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tion | \ ˌmal-əd-ˌmin-ə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce maladministration (audio) \

Medical Definition of maladministration

: incorrect administration (as of a drug) maladministration of insulin

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