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)
: tending or having the power to multiply
: 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
multiplicatively adverb

Examples of multiplicative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And if a year with three or four truly dangerous days is followed by one with 10 or 15, the effect on total area burned can be not additive but multiplicative, with relatively small changes to patterns of extreme weather yielding world-changing volumes of fire. David Wallace-Wells, New York Times, 24 Oct. 2023 The magnitude scale’s multiplicative factor is about 2.512. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 28 July 2023 This is definitely an example of a multiplicative technology that will pull up the rest of the industry. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 NASA]It’s hard to think of any modern human activity that has had more of a multiplicative impact on the imagination than space exploration. Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2018 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Multiplicative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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mul·​ti·​pli·​ca·​tive ˌməl-tə-ˈplik-ət-iv How to pronounce multiplicative (audio) ˈməl-tə-plə-ˌkāt- How to pronounce multiplicative (audio)
: of, relating to, or associated with a mathematical operation of multiplication
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