mal·​ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tion ˌma-ləd-ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce maladministration (audio)
: corrupt or incompetent administration (as of a public office)
: incorrect administration (as of a drug)
maladminister transitive verb

Examples of maladministration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The consequence is untold waste, fraud, maladministration and lawlessness. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 2024 Many of America’s great cities are collapsing into squalor and depravity, in part because of the maladministration that a year-zero mentality produces. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 That sequence of events might convey to the casual observer that the conditions the Gazan people are presently enduring are a function of their government’s recklessness, inhumanity, and general commitment to maladministration. Noah Rothman, National Review, 26 Oct. 2023 Aside from a potential prison sentence for a felony conviction, a charge of bribery, corruption, malpractice, or maladministration could be grounds for impeachment under the New Hampshire Constitution. Steven Porter,, 31 May 2023 Examples could include the maladministration of AI systems designed to regulate and safeguard nuclear power stations, leading to meltdown and the release of radiation into the atmosphere. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 3 May 2023 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Maladministration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


mal·​ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tion ˌmal-əd-ˌmin-ə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce maladministration (audio)
: incorrect administration (as of a drug)
maladministration of insulin
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