misallocation

noun mis·al·lo·ca·tion \ ˌmis-ˌa-lə-ˈkā-shən \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of misallocation

plural misallocations
: the act or an instance of misallocating something (such as money or resources) : poor or improper allocation
  • misallocation of tax dollars
  • And there are many who would say that any interference with a free market system … inevitably results in misallocations of resources just because planners cannot be omniscient.
  • —R. Weiss et al.

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1916

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