mal·​dis·​tri·​bu·​tion | \ ˌmal-ˌdi-strə-ˈbyü-shən How to pronounce maldistribution (audio) \

Definition of maldistribution

: bad or faulty distribution : undesirable inequality or unevenness of placement or apportionment (as of population, resources, or wealth) over an area or among members of a group

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The Electoral College, gerrymandering, and the maldistribution of senate seats allow the GOP to enjoy political power that’s disproportionate to their voting support. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The latest Obamacare ruling is part of a larger conservative attack on democracy," 15 Dec. 2018 The real issue: Fixing the maldistribution of health care is important, Nisarg A. Patel writes. Rebecca Onion, Slate Magazine, "The Angle: Gay Villain Edition," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of maldistribution

1895, in the meaning defined above

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