distributive

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French distributif

AdjectiveEdit

distributive (comparative more distributive, superlative most distributive)

  1. Relating to distribution.
  2. Tending to distribute; serving to divide and assign in portions; dealing a proper share to each.
    • 1709, [Jonathan Swift], A Project for the Advancement of Religion, and the Reformation of Manners. [], London: [] Benj[amin] Tooke, [], OCLC 220146796, page 40:
      [I]t is worth obſerving the diſtributive Juſtice of the Authors, which is conſtantly applied to the Puniſhment of Virtue, and the Reward of Vice; []
  3. (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  .
  4. (logic) Assigning the species of a general term.
  5. (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)

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NounEdit

distributive (plural distributives)

  1. (grammar) distributive case
  2. (grammar) A distributive adjective or pronoun.
  3. (mathematics) A distributive numeral.

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FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

distributive

  1. feminine singular of distributif

ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

distributive

  1. feminine plural of distributivo

SwedishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

distributive

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of distributiv.