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distributive property

Mathematics. the property that terms in an expression may be expanded in a particular way to form an equivalent expression. Unabridged
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Contemporary definitions for distributive property

a property indicating a special way in which multiplication is applied to addition of two or more numbers in which each term inside a set of parentheses can be multiplied by a factor outside the parentheses, such as a(b + c) = ab + ac

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