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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

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈˌridəstrəˈbjuʃ(ə)n/
    • British English
      • /ˌriːdɪstrᵻˈbjuːʃn/
  • Syllabification: (re·dis·tri·bu·tion)

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 October 19, 2019 (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 October 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/redistribution/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“redistribution.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/redistribution/>.