distributive

Distributive is an adjective describing the dispensing or doling out of things. In the winter during cold season, a teacher becomes a distributive source of facial tissue for all the students.

The word distributive may come from the late Latin distributivus, which means "divided up." Distributive has another meaning, which concerns the sales of goods to companies or consumers. For example, if stores run out of pink sweaters for a month while more pink sweaters sit idle in warehouses, the pink sweater industry probably has a distributive problem.

Definitions of distributive
  1. adjective
    serving to distribute or allot or disperse
    Synonyms:
    allocable, allocatable, apportionable
    capable of being distributed
    diffusing, diffusive, dispersive, disseminative
    spreading by diffusion
    immanent
    of qualities that are spread throughout something
    permeant, permeating, permeative, pervasive
    spreading or spread throughout
    separative
    (of a word) referring singly and without exception to the members of a group
    suffusive
    spreading through
    distributed
    spread out or scattered about or divided up
    divided
    separated into parts or pieces
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    Antonyms:
    collective
    forming a whole or aggregate
    agglomerate, agglomerated, agglomerative, clustered
    clustered together but not coherent
    aggregate, aggregated, aggregative, mass
    formed of separate units gathered into a mass or whole
    collectivised, collectivized
    characterized by the principle of ownership by the state or the people of the means of production
    knockdown
    (furniture) easily assembled and dismantled
    integrative
    combining and coordinating diverse elements into a whole
    joint
    united or combined
    united
    characterized by unity; being or joined into a single entity
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