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a. Of, relating to, or involving distribution.
b. Serving to distribute.
2. Mathematics Of or relating to a property involving two binary operations, usually multiplication and addition, in which the product of an element with a sum of terms is equal to the sum of the individual products of that element with each term. That is, if a × (b + c) = a × b + a × c, then the operation indicated by × is distributive over the operation indicated by +.
3. Grammar Referring to each individual or entity of a group separately rather than collectively, as every in the sentence Every employee attended the meeting.
A distributive word or term.

dis·trib′u·tive·ly adv.
dis·trib′u·tive·ness n.
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Adv.1.distributively - as individuals or as separate units (not collectively); "taken distributively, their rights are imperceptible"
2.distributively - in a distributive manner; "marine vertebrates have their weight supported distributively by the water"
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But those who have their wives and children in common will not say so, but all will say so, though not as individuals; therefore, to use the word all is evidently a fallacious mode of speech; for this word is sometimes used distributively, and sometimes collectively, on account of its double meaning, and is the cause of inconclusive syllogisms in reasoning.
persons, both distributively and collectively, obtain the protections of the constitution.
In Aquinas's understanding, following Aristotle, being is found in the whole collectively and in each thing taken distributively.
By building this technology into networking equipment and distributively configuring on a local network, it is possible to monitor malicious traffic flowing over a network and detect APT malware, which is difficult to do with firewalls or antivirus software, before data is leaked.
iv) (x + y)s = xs + ys, for all x, y [member of] A and s [member of] S, then we say that A is a distributively generated near-ring.
On finding and updating shortest paths distributively.
be counted on or expected to make distributively just decisions simply
n] and a multiplication of elements extending distributively the group law of [S.
For some particular cases, this norm can be computed distributively.
Or does he mean that the act of breaking the precepts must benefit sentient beings distributively, so that every being affected must benefit, or at least not be harmed?
We are at times uncertain what applies to individuals distributively considered or to individuals collectively considered and what the one may have to do with the other.
Wood-fiber composite products: The primary functions of the TSE in this application are to remove water and distributively mix the natural fibers into a polymer carrier.