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# distributive

[ dih-strib-yuh-tiv ]

/ dɪˈstrɪb yə tɪv /

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adjective

serving to distribute, assign, allot, or divide; characterized by or pertaining to distribution.

Grammar. referring to the members of a group individually, as the adjectives each and every.

Logic. (of a term) distributed in a given proposition.

Mathematics.

- (of a binary operation) having the property that terms in an expression may be expanded in a particular way to form an equivalent expression, as a(b + c) = ab + ac.
- having reference to this property: distributive law for multiplication over addition.
- (of a lattice) having the property that for any three elements, the intersection of the first element with the union of the others is equal to the intersection of the first element with each of the others.

noun

a distributive word or expression.

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## Origin of distributive

1425–75; late Middle English distributif<Middle French <Late Latin distribūtīvus (see distribute, -ive)

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## British Dictionary definitions for distributive

distributive

/ (dɪˈstrɪbjʊtɪv) /

adjective

characterized by or relating to distribution

grammar referring separately to the individual people or items in a group, as the words each and every

noun

grammar a distributive word

maths able to be distributed:multiplication is distributive over addition

## Derived forms of distributive

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## Scientific definitions for distributive

distributive

[ dĭ-strĭb′yə-tĭv ]

Relating to the property of multiplication over division which states that applying multiplication to a set of quantities that are combined by addition yields the same result as applying multiplication to each quantity individually and then adding those results together. Thus 2 X (3 + 4) is equal to (2 X 3) + (2 X 4). See also associative commutative.

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