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distributive

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adjective dis·trib·u·tive \di-ˈstri-byü-tiv, -byə-\

Definition of distributive

  1. 1 :  of or relating to distribution: as a :  dealing a proper share to each of a group b :  diffusing more or less evenly

  2. 2 of a word :  referring singly and without exception to the members of a group <each, either, and none are distributive>

  3. 3 a :  being an operation (as multiplication in a(b + c) = ab + ac) that produces the same result when operating on the whole mathematical expression as when operating on each part and collecting the results b :  being or relating to a rule or property concerning a distributive operation <the distributive property of multiplication with respect to addition>

dis·trib·u·tive·ly adverb
dis·trib·u·tiv·i·ty play \-ˌstri-byü-ˈti-və-tē\ noun


15th Century

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15th century

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