mul·​ti·​pli·​ca·​tive | \ ˌməl-tə-ˈpli-kə-tiv How to pronounce multiplicative (audio) , ˈməl-tə-plə-ˌkā-tiv How to pronounce multiplicative (audio) \

Definition of multiplicative

1 : tending or having the power to multiply
2 : of, relating to, or associated with a mathematical operation of multiplication the multiplicative property of 0 requires that a × 0 = 0 and 0 × a = 0

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Other Words from multiplicative

multiplicatively adverb

Examples of multiplicative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is sort of the most important example of a multiplicative function. Quanta Magazine, "Kaisa Matomäki Dreams of Primes," 20 July 2017 Moreover, the distributions often appeared to be what’s called lognormal, which can happen, for example, when the numbers being plotted are the result of multiplicative processes rather than additive ones. Quanta Magazine, "Why Don’t Patients Get Sick in Sync? Modelers Find Statistical Clues," 1 Mar. 2018 Put more generally, the conjecture says that the additive and multiplicative properties of a set of numbers somehow force each other to behave in a certain way. Quanta Magazine, "How a Strange Grid Reveals Hidden Connections Between Simple Numbers," 6 Feb. 2019 And Taleb teaches us not to equate thin-tailed events that affect individuals (people drowning in their bathtubs) with multiplicative risks, like Ebola epidemics, that can have a systemic impact. Glenn C. Altschuler,, "'Skin in the Game': Nassim Nicholas Taleb, smart, iconoclastic, smug, snide," 26 Mar. 2018 Since that stimulus has multiplicative effects on businesses and total output, the AHCA slashes state outputs by amounts far greater than the amount of federal funds divested. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "How the AHCA Could Cause an Economic Downturn," 17 June 2017

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First Known Use of multiplicative

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of multiplicative was in 1653

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31 Dec 2019

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“Multiplicative.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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