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

Other Words from multiplicative

multiplicatively adverb

Examples of multiplicative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even modest increases in a training staff can have a multiplicative increase in throughput for pilot training. Ben Baldanza, Forbes, 24 June 2022 February also saw the announcement that the unit conjecture is false, meaning that multiplicative inverses actually exist in more complicated structures than mathematicians thought. Quanta Magazine, 23 Dec. 2021 Despite the generational gap, the affinity between Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson is multiplicative. Rodney Ho, ajc, 11 Aug. 2021 Look at both the number of ways to factor the first three perfect numbers, as well as the small number in each of those multiplicative examples. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Such interventions work together in a synergistic way and the benefits are multiplicative. John Drake, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Within a broad family of algebraic structures, which elements have multiplicative inverses? Quanta Magazine, 12 Apr. 2021 The dazzling array of new products means that innovation is multiplicative and not additive for economic growth. Philip Cross, National Review, 30 Dec. 2020 One exploding head makes for great television, but the effect is not multiplicative: A roomful of exploding heads is just a mess. Jason Kehe, Wired, 16 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of multiplicative

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jul 2022

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“Multiplicative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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