distributive property

distributive property

noun
Mathematics. the property that terms in an expression may be expanded in a particular way to form an equivalent expression.
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Main Entry:  distributive property
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a property indicating a special way in which multiplication is applied to addition of two or more numbers in which each term inside a set of parentheses can be multiplied by a factor outside the parentheses, such as a(b + c) = ab + ac
Usage:  mathematics
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