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[ree-dis-truh-byoo-shuh n] /ˌri dɪs trəˈbyu ʃən/
a distribution performed again or anew.
Economics. the theory, policy, or practice of lessening or reducing inequalities in income through such measures as progressive income taxation and antipoverty programs.
Origin of redistribution
1830-40; re- + distribution
Related forms
redistributional, redistributory
[ree-di-strib-yuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌri dɪˈstrɪb yəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
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Examples from the web for redistribution
  • Ie there will still be a redistribution of wealth.
  • It could have another quake, possibly stimulated by something that didn't break in the first one, or by redistribution of stress.
  • Thus the redistribution of wealth to this special interest group.
  • The real story is about the redistribution of the poor and how it was managed by cities.
  • Equal outcome and wealth redistribution schemes are completely at odds with personal responsibility.
  • But that redistribution is largely about reducing the unfairness of redistribution that already exists.
  • redistribution between high-earners and low-earners is still a subject of partisan debate.
  • Unless those taxes are immediately returned to the payer then what we're talking about is redistribution.
  • Wealth redistribution via taxing is not the only way.
  • Few politicians dare favour too much income redistribution.
British Dictionary definitions for redistribution


the act or instance of distributing or the state or manner of being distributed again
(in Canada) a periodic revision of the number of seats in the House of Commons, made to reflect changes in population
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Word Origin and History for redistribution

1831, from French redistribution; see re- + distribution.

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redistribution in Culture

redistribution definition

Any process, such as inflation or taxation or the provision of social services, that reallocates household income.

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