- (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.
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There is a need of decentralization of power and more distributive digital models.
Throughout, the book puts intergenerational equity and various forms of distributive politics at its center.Bill Gates and the problem with climate solutionism|Katie McLean|February 16, 2021|MIT Technology Review
So, I am advocating a global economy that is regenerative by design, works within the cycles of the living world, and that is distributive by design, shares value far more equitably with everyone who’s co-creating it.
Greg Sargent at The Washington Post has charted the distributive effect of the ACA tax increases.
The distributive share of each child has amounted to only about one-third of the sum then contemplated.Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions|George S. Boutwell
The term "great men" is distributive in the premises and collective in the conclusion.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive|John Stuart Mill
During the forties, consumers' or distributive cooperation was also given a trial.
Next in order comes the "establishment of cooperative institutions productive and distributive."
The career of distributive cooperation in America has always been intimately related to the movements of retail prices and wages.