distributivemedical dictionary

1. Tending to distribute; serving to divide and assign in portions; dealing to each his proper share. "Distributive justice."

2. <logic> Assigning the species of a general term.

3. 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).

<mathematics> Distributive operation See Fellowship.

Origin: Cf. F. Distributif.

(01 Mar 1998)