EnglishEdit
EtymologyEdit
From Middle French distributif
AdjectiveEdit
distributive (comparative more distributive, superlative most distributive)
 Relating to distribution.
 Tending to distribute; serving to divide and assign in portions; dealing a proper share to each.
 distributive justice
 (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
 (mathematics) A property of functions that have a rule describing how the function can be performed to the individual components of another operation.
 If function f is distributive with respect to function g, then .
 If the operation is distributive with respect to the operation , then .
 (logic) Assigning the species of a general term.
 (grammar) Expressing separation; denoting a taking singly, not collectively.
 a distributive adjective or pronoun, such as "each", "either", or "every"
 a distributive numeral, such as Latin "bini" (two by two)
TranslationsEdit
relating to distribution


tending to distribute

math: property of functions


in logic

in grammar

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NounEdit
distributive (plural distributives)
 (grammar) A distributive adjective or pronoun.
 (mathematics) A distributive numeral.