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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Distributive  \Dis*trib"u*tive\,  n.  (Gram.) 
  A  distributive  adjective  or  pronoun;  also  a  distributive 
  numeral. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Distributive  \Dis*trib"u*tive\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  distributif.] 
  1.  Tending  to  distribute;  serving  to  divide  and  assign  in 
  portions;  dealing  to  each  his  proper  share.  ``Distributive 
  justice.''  --Swift. 
 
  2.  (Logic)  Assigning  the  species  of  a  general  term. 
 
  3.  (Gram.)  Expressing  separation;  denoting  a  taking  singly, 
  not  collectively;  as  a  distributive  adjective  or  pronoun, 
  such  as  each  either  every;  a  distributive  numeral,  as 
  (Latin)  bini  (two  by  two). 
 
  {Distributive  operation}  (Math.),  any  operation  which  either 
  consists  of  two  or  more  parts  or  works  upon  two  or  more 
  things  and  which  is  such  that  the  result  of  the  total 
  operation  is  the  same  as  the  aggregated  result  of  the  two 
  or  more  partial  operations.  Ordinary  multiplication  is 
  distributive,  since  a  [times]  (b  +  c)  =  ab  +  ac  and  (a  + 
  b)  [times]  c  =  ac  +  bc 
 
  {Distributive  proportion}.  (Math.)  See  {Fellowship}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  distributive 
  adj  1:  serving  to  distribute  or  allot  or  disperse  [ant:  {collective}] 
  2:  tending  to  disperse  [syn:  {dispersive}] 




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