Meaning of DISTRIBUTIVE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ di-ˈstri-byü-tiv, -byə- ]


Date: 15th century

1. : of or relating to distribution: 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


a. : being an operation (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

• dis·trib·u·tive·ly adverb

• dis·trib·u·tiv·i·ty -ˌstri-byü-ˈti-və-tē noun

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