distributive

adjective
dis·​trib·​u·​tive | \ di-ˈstri-byü-tiv How to pronounce distributive (audio) , -byə- How to pronounce distributive (audio) \

Definition of distributive

1 : of or relating to distribution: such as
a : dealing a proper share to each of a group
b : 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 results
b : being or relating to a rule or property concerning a distributive operation the distributive property of multiplication with respect to addition

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Other Words from distributive

distributively adverb
distributivity \ di-​ˌstri-​byü-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce distributive (audio) \ noun

Examples of distributive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thursday, Aidan and I spent an hour arguing about the distributive property for math, and another conjugating hablar for Spanish. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Fisher-Paulson: An unfortunate accident brings up wonderful memories," 17 Nov. 2020 Overall, women working in leadership positions in Utah counties hold 61.2% of redistributive roles, 37.5% of regulatory positions, 32.7% of administrative spots and 13.2% of distributive jobs. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Women’s leadership in Utah’s county governments varies widely," 2 Sep. 2020 Opening the world’s borders would be an act of revenue-generating humanitarianism—a form of laissez-faire global distributive justice, on the order of seventy-five trillion dollars a year. Zoey Poll, The New Yorker, "The Case for Open Borders," 20 Feb. 2020 But in 1960, the Russian mathematician Anatoly Karatsuba found a new limit, using his own application of the distributive law to find a more efficient way to multiply. Quanta Magazine, "On Your Mark, Get Set, Multiply," 23 Sep. 2019 What about the distributive approach? 25 × 63 = 25 × (60 + 3) = 25 × 60 + 25 × 3 = 1500 + 75 = 1575. Quanta Magazine, "On Your Mark, Get Set, Multiply," 23 Sep. 2019 In a distributive bargain, one player tries to extract as many concessions from the other without ceding anything in return. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Trade Talks Are Foundering on Mistrust and Arrogance," 7 May 2019 While Trump’s instincts seem to lean towards the distributive style, the agreements with South Korea, Mexico, and Canada that Lighthizer has produced to date have in fact been fairly small-scale, integrative accords. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Trade Talks Are Foundering on Mistrust and Arrogance," 7 May 2019 Most negotiations can be characterized as either distributive, or integrative. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Trade Talks Are Foundering on Mistrust and Arrogance," 7 May 2019

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First Known Use of distributive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Distributive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distributive. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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distributive

adjective
dis·​trib·​u·​tive | \ di-ˈstri-byü-tiv How to pronounce distributive (audio) , -byə- \

Kids Definition of distributive

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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