distributive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French distributif

Adjective[edit]

distributive (comparative more distributive, superlative most distributive)

  1. Relating to distribution.
  2. Tending to distribute; serving to divide and assign in portions; dealing a proper share to each.
    distributive justice
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
  3. (mathematics) A property of functions that have a rule describing how the function can be performed to the individual components of another operation.
    If function f is distributive with respect to function g, then  f(a, g(b,c)) = g(f(a,b), f(a,c)).
    If the operation \star is distributive with respect to the operation \circ, then  a \star (b \circ c) = (a \star b) \circ (a \star c) .
  4. (logic) Assigning the species of a general term.
  5. (grammar) Expressing separation; denoting a taking singly, not collectively.
    a distributive adjective or pronoun, such as "each", "either", or "every"
    a distributive numeral, such as Latin "bini" (two by two)

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Noun[edit]

distributive (plural distributives)

  1. (grammar) A distributive adjective or pronoun.
  2. (mathematics) A distributive numeral.

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

distributive

  1. feminine form of distributif

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

distributive

  1. feminine plural of distributivo

Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

distributive

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of distributiv.