- distributing or tending to distribute
- relating to distribution
- Gram. referring individually to all members of a group: “each” and “either” are distributive words
- Math. of or having to do with a property, law, or principle in which the relationship between two combined operations, as multiplication and addition or multiplication and subtraction, is such that the results are the same whether the first operation is done on each item of a set and then combined or done once on the items in the set that have already been combined (Ex.: a(b + c) = ab + ac)
Origin of distributiveMiddle English and Old French distributif from Late Latin distributivus
a distributive word or expression
- a. Of, relating to, or involving distribution.b. Serving to distribute.
- Mathematics Of or relating to a property involving two binary operations, usually multiplication and addition, in which the product of an element with a sum of terms is equal to the sum of the individual products of that element with each term. That is, if a × (b + c) = a × b + a × c, then the operation indicated by × is distributive over the operation indicated by +.
- Grammar Referring to each individual or entity of a group separately rather than collectively, as every in the sentence Every employee attended the meeting.
A distributive word or term.
(comparative more distributive, superlative most distributive)
- Relating to distribution.
- Tending to distribute; serving to divide and assign in portions; dealing a proper share to each.
- distributive justice
- (mathematics) A property of functions that have a rule describing how the function can be performed to the individual components of another operation.
- If function f is distributive with respect to function g, then .
- If the operation is distributive with respect to the operation , then .
- (logic) Assigning the species of a general term.
- (grammar) Expressing separation; denoting a taking singly, not collectively.
- a distributive adjective or pronoun, such as "each", "either", or "every"
- a distributive numeral, such as Latin "bini" (two by two)
From Middle French distributif