scatteration

noun
scat·ter·a·tion | \ ˌska-tə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of scatteration 

1 : the act or process of scattering : the state of being scattered

2 : the movement of people and industry away from the city also : the resulting regional urbanization

3 : a policy of distributing funds and energies in too many ineffectively small units

First Known Use of scatteration

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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