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dis·trib·u·tive

 (dĭ-strĭb′yə-tĭv)
adj.
1.
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.
n.
A distributive word or term.

dis·trib′u·tive·ly adv.
dis·trib′u·tive·ness n.

distributive

(dɪˈstrɪbjʊtɪv)
adj
1. characterized by or relating to distribution
2. (Grammar) grammar referring separately to the individual people or items in a group, as the words each and every
n
3. (Grammar) grammar a distributive word
4. (Mathematics) maths able to be distributed: multiplication is distributive over addition.
disˈtributively adv
disˈtributiveness n

dis•trib•u•tive

(dɪˈstrɪb yə tɪv)

adj.
1. serving to distribute, assign, or divide; characterized by or pertaining to distribution.
2. referring to the members of a group individually, as the adjectives each and every.
3. Logic. (of a term) distributed in a given logical proposition.
4.
a. (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.
b. having reference to this property: the distributive law for multiplication over addition.
n.
5. a distributive expression.
[1425–75; < Middle French < Late Latin]
dis•trib′u•tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.distributive - serving to distribute or allot or disperse
distributed - spread out or scattered about or divided up
divided - separated into parts or pieces; "opinions are divided"
collective - forming a whole or aggregate
Translations

distributive

[dɪsˈtrɪbjʊtɪv]
A. ADJdistributivo
B. N (Ling) → adjetivo m distributivo
C. CPD distributive trade Ncomercio m de distribución

distributive

(Gram)
adjdistributiv
nDistributivum nt

distributive

[dɪsˈtrɪbjʊtɪv] adj (Comm, Gram) → distributivo/a
distributive law (Math) → legge f di distribuzione
References in classic literature ?
Therefore for all persons to say the same thing was their own, using the word all in its distributive sense, would be well, but is impossible: in its collective sense it would by no means contribute to the concord of the state.
The company having now pretty well satisfied their thirst, nothing remained but to pay the reckoning, a circumstance often productive of much mischief and discontent among the inferior rank of gentry, who are apt to find great difficulty in assessing the sum, with exact regard to distributive justice, which directs that every man shall pay according to the quantity which he drinks.
To say the truth, I had conceived a few scruples with relation to the distributive justice of princes upon those occasions.