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

Examples of maldistribution in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hospital admissions are 20% lower and physician visits 40% lower in the U.S. than in the average high-income democracy, yet U.S. per capita health spending is double, largely because of higher prices, administrative costs, uncapped entitlements, and caregiver shortages and maldistribution. Marc Rodwin, STAT, 1 Sep. 2022 University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus said this year that Democrats suffered from maldistribution of money. Dallas News, 21 Nov. 2022 In a September 23 speech, Roosevelt further identified industrial concentration and the maldistribution of income as underlying causes of underconsumption. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, 7 May 2021 These trends in income distribution are significant in parsing the racial wealth gap because income distribution directly shapes the maldistribution of wealth across the races. Adolph Reed Jr., The New Republic, 29 June 2020 In reality, the maldistribution of income across the races can supply a good part of the answer to this quandary. Adolph Reed Jr., The New Republic, 29 June 2020 There’d be photo ops galore, and a chance to showcase a practical fix for America’s maldistribution of wealth and income. John Case, The New Republic, 8 July 2019 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, 15 Dec. 2018 The real issue: Fixing the maldistribution of health care is important, Nisarg A. Patel writes. Rebecca Onion, Slate Magazine, 10 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of maldistribution was in 1895

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“Maldistribution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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