## distributive

dis·trib·u·tiveUse **distributive** in a sentence

- 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 distributive

Middle English and amp; Old French*distributif*; from Late Latin

*distributivus*

a distributive word or expression

## distributive

adjective

**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.*

noun

A distributive word or term.

*Related Forms:*

**dis·trib′u·tive·ly**adverb

**dis·trib′u·tive·ness**noun

## distributive

Adjective

(*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 .

- If function
- (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)*

Noun

(*plural* distributives)

Origin

From Middle French *distributif*