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Definition of Redistribution

(noun) The transfer of goods or services between people and groups to a central authority for allocation.

Example of Redistribution

  • A potlatch, which is a ceremonial feast where large amounts of gifts are given by a host to guests or property is destroyed to display the host’s superior wealth, sometimes to the host’s own detriment.

Redistribution Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: re·dis·tri·bu·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /ree-di-struh-byOO-shuhn/
  • British English – /ree-di-stri-byOO-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈˌridəstrəˈbjuʃ(ə)n/
  • British English – /ˌriːdɪstrᵻˈbjuːʃn/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: redistributions
  • A (noun) redistributionist or (noun) redistributor (verb) redistributes (adjectiveredistributable or (adjective) redistributional or (adjectiveredistributive goods.

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Cite the Definition of Redistribution

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “redistribution.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 30, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/redistribution/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

redistribution. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/redistribution/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “redistribution.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 30, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/redistribution/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“redistribution.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 30 Mar. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/redistribution/>.