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)

Other Words from maladministration

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

Examples of maladministration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An election of every four years will prevent maladministration. Col. James Freeman, WSJ, 24 Jan. 2020 The two discussed how, at the Constitutional Convention, the framers discussed giving Congress the power to impeach the president for maladministration rather than high crimes or misdemeanors. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, 23 Jan. 2020 Madison objected, on the ground that maladministration could mean just about anything. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2019 Katyal believes the latter and, more important, that the president’s actions crossed the critical but opaque line laid out by the Constitution’s authors that separates maladministration from malice. Jeffrey A. Engel, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2019 The founders rejected maladministration as a basis for impeachment. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, 5 Dec. 2019 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, 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, 19 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of maladministration

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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