Webster 1913 Edition
Tending to distribute; serving to divide and assign in portions; dealing to each his proper share.“Distributive justice.”
Assigning the species of a general term.
Expressing separation; denoting a taking singly, not collectively;
distributiveadjective or pronoun, such as each, either, every; a
distributivenumeral, as (Latin) bini (two by two)
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–
a × (b + c) = ab + ac, and
(a + b) × c = ac + bc.
A distributive adjective or pronoun; also, a distributive numeral.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.That distributes; that divides and assigns in portions; that deals to each his proper share; as distributive justice.
2.That assigns the various species of a general term.
3.That separates or divides; as a distributive adjective.