Definition of distributive
1 : of or relating to distribution: such asa : dealing a proper share to each of a groupb : diffusing more or less evenly
2 of a word : referring singly and without exception to the members of a group each, either, and none are distributive
3a : being an operation (such 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 resultsb : being or relating to a rule or property concerning a distributive operation the distributive property of multiplication with respect to addition
distributivityplay \-ˌstri-byü-ˈti-və-tē\ noun
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Definition of distributive for Students
1 : of or relating to the act of giving or spreading out
2 : producing the same answer when operating on the sum of several numbers as when operating on each and collecting the results Multiplication is distributive.
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