Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  


Pronunciation:  di'stribyutiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  tending to disperse
  2. [adj]  serving to distribute or allot or disperse

DISTRIBUTIVE is a 12 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: allocable, allocatable, apportionable, decentralising(a), decentralizing(a), diffusing(a), diffusive, dispersive, disseminating, disseminative, permeant, permeating, permeative, pervasive, scattering, separative, spreading, suffusive
 Antonyms: collective
 See Also: distributed, divided



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.
  2. \Dis*trib"u*tive\, n. (Gram.)
    A distributive adjective or pronoun; also, a distributive
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: attenuative, diffractional, diffractive, diffusive, dispersive, disseminative, dissipative, distributional, equal, even stephen, fifty-fifty, half, half-and-half, halvers, particular, per capita, per head, pro rata, proportional, proportionate, prorated, respective, scattering, several, spreading