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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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Finally, the relation between diminutives and augmentatives, is viewed as that of a scale: both diminutives and augmentatives are viewed as deviations from the prototypical value in any of the cognitive categories SUBSTANCE, ACTION, QUALITY and CIRCUMSTANCE and the various meanings (attenuation, intensification, multiplicity, iterativity, frequentativity, distributiveness, approximation, size, etc.) of evaluative morphology 'radiate' from each of these categories.
Although some of these features can be subsumed under the labels of distributiveness (directionality dispersion) or frequentativeness, because of their use outside diminutive morphology and semantics we find that they do not specify precisely what conceptual content is being affected by diminutive morphology in the case of diminutive verbs.
The moderated regression analysis indicates that distributiveness was positively related to avoidance, [beta] = .15, p = .040, and hyperarousal, [beta] = .20, p = .014, but not significantly related to intrusive thoughts, [beta] = .08, p = .