Distributive meaning

dĭ-strĭb'yə-tĭv
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 +.
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Referring to each individual or entity of a group separately rather than collectively, as every in the sentence Every employee attended the meeting.
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A distributive word or term.
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Distributing or tending to distribute.
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Relating to distribution.
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Referring individually to all members of a group.

“each” and “either” are distributive words.

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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)
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A distributive word or expression.
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Relating to the property of multiplication over division which states that applying multiplication to a set of quantities that are combined by addition yields the same result as applying multiplication to each quantity individually and then adding those results together. Thus 2 × (3 + 4) is equal to (2 × 3) + (2 × 4).
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Relating to distribution.
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Tending to distribute; serving to divide and assign in portions; dealing a proper share to each.

Distributive justice.

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(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 .

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(logic) Assigning the species of a general term.
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(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)

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(grammar) A distributive adjective or pronoun.
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(mathematics) A distributive numeral.
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Origin of distributive

  • From Middle French distributif
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