- (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.
Origin of distributive
Examples from the Web for distributive
Contemporary Examples of distributive
Greg Sargent at The Washington Post has charted the distributive effect of the ACA tax increases.After The GOP Fails to Repeal Obamacare
February 4, 2012
Historical Examples of distributive
The distributive situation is never one of static equilibrium.The Settlement of Wage Disputes
This is the very opposite of cumulative: it is distributive.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)
Augustus De Morgan
All and both are collective; any, each, and every are distributive.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
How can distributive justice be said to obtain in this world?Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4
Such are typical questions in the study of distributive justice.Distributive Justice
John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
mid-15c., from Middle French distributif, from Late Latin distributivus, from Latin distribut-, past participle stem of distribuere (see distribution). Related: Distributively.