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[ree-di-strib-yuh-tiv] /ˌri dɪˈstrɪb yə tɪv/
adjective, Economics
favoring, supporting, or practicing income redistribution:
the redistributive effects of public spending.
Origin of redistributive
1880-85; redistribute + -ive Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for redistributive
  • It is still redistributive, but with fewer big spending pledges and more emphasis on tax cuts than on benefits for low-earners.
  • If these people vote, they may demand more redistributive government policies.
  • Of course, all taxes are redistributive, in that they redistribute private resources for public purposes.
  • The astronauts were drinking water in anticipation of gravity's redistributive effect on their bodies.
  • redistributive tendencies in education expenditures tend to be accompanied by a low level of fiscal effort for education.
  • Most of the response in labor supply under the consumption tax is from the redistributive effects of the tax on existing wealth.
  • The weighting is part of the redistributive nature of the program.
  • Two factors, however, lighten--and perhaps completely offset--that redistributive effect among generations.
Word Origin and History for redistributive

1860, from redistribute + -ive. Related: Redistributively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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