Meaning of “distributive” in the English Dictionary

"distributive" in American English

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distributiveadjective [ not gradable ]


mathematics (of a mathematical operation) giving the same result whether parts are acted on in combination or separately

grammar (of an adjective) showing that the members of a group are to be treated separately, rather than as a group:

‘Each’ and ‘every’ are distributive adjectives.

(Definition of “distributive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"distributive" in Business English

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distributiveadjective [ before noun ]

uk /dɪˈstrɪbjʊtɪv/ us

COMMERCE used to describe something that involves wholesalers (= companies that sell goods in large quantities to stores and businesses) or retailers (= companies that sell goods to the public):

(Definition of “distributive” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)