distributive Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"distributive" in British English

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distributiveadjective

/dɪˈstrɪb.jə.tɪv/  us /-t̬ɪv/
(of a ​mathematicaloperation) giving the same ​result whether ​parts are ​acted on in ​combination or ​separately
(of an ​adjective) ​showing that the ​members of a ​group are to be ​treatedseparately, ​rather than as a ​group: "Each" and "every" are distributive ​adjectives.
(Definition of distributive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"distributive" in American English

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distributiveadjective [not gradable]

 /dɪˈstrɪb·jə·t̬ɪv/
mathematics (of a ​mathematicaloperation) 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 ​treatedseparately, ​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   us   /dɪˈstrɪbjʊtɪv/
COMMERCE used to describe something that involves wholesalers (= ​companies that ​sellgoods in large ​quantities to ​stores and ​businesses) or retailers (= ​companies that ​sellgoods to the ​public): The ​articleexaminesdevelopments in the ​foodmanufacturing and distributive ​industries.
(Definition of distributive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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