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 for Mal-
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mal- \Mal-\ (m[a^]l-).
     A prefix in composition denoting ill, or evil, F. male, adv.,
     fr. malus, bad, ill. In some words it has the form male-,
     as in malediction, malevolent. See Malice.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: The form male- is chiefly used in cases where the e,
           either alone or with other letters, is pronounced as a
           separate syllable, as in malediction, malefactor,
           maleficent, etc. Where this is not the case, as in
           malfeasance or male-feasance, malformation or
           male-formation, etc., as also where the word to which
           it is prefixed commences with a vowel, as in
           maladministration, etc., the form mal is to be
           preferred, and is the one commonly employed.
           [1913 Webster]

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