distributive

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

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
3 a :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

distributively

adverb

distributivity

play \-ˌstri-byü-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

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First Known Use of distributive

15th century


DISTRIBUTIVE Defined for Kids

distributive

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

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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