mis·​ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tion ˌmis-əd-ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce misadministration (audio)
plural misadministrations
: the act, process, or an instance of administering poorly or wrongly : mistaken or improper administration
… a million-dollar judgment for a case involving the misadministration of psychiatric drugs to patients.Kathy Barks Hoffman
… city governments that are strapped for cash because of wasteful programs, declining tax bases and misadministration of municipal services …Peter Roff and James Chapin

Examples of misadministration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its elections long have been flagged for malfeasance and misadministration. Time, 10 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misadministration was in 1648

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“Misadministration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misadministration. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


mis·​ad·​min·​i·​stra·​tion ˌmis-əd-ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən, -(ˌ)ad- How to pronounce misadministration (audio)
: the act, process, or an instance of administering poorly or wrongly
misadministration of radiation therapy
medical misadministrations
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