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

2. (Science: 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).

(Science: mathematics) distributive operation see Fellowship.

Origin: cf. F. Distributif.