adjective 1.serving to distribute, assign, allot, or divide; characterized by or pertaining to distribution.
2.Grammar. referring to the members of a group individually, as the
adjectives each and
every. 3.Logic. (of a term) distributed in a given proposition.
4.Mathematics.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: distributive law for multiplication over addition.
c.(of a lattice) having the property that for any three elements, the intersection of the first element with the union of the others is equal to the intersection of the first element with each of the others.
noun 5.a distributive
word or expression.
Origin: 1425–75; late Middle English distributif <
Middle French <
Late Latin distribūtīvus (see
distribute,
-ive)
Related forms distributively, adverb
distributiveness, noun
nondistributive, adjective
nondistributively, adverb
nondistributiveness, noun