Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Exercising or accomplishing distribution; apportioning, dividing, and assigning in separate items or shares.
    —Distributive finding of the issue. The jury are bound to give their verdict for that party who, upon the evidence, appears to them to have succeeded in establishing his side of the issue. But there are cases in which an issue may be found distributiveiy, i. e., in part for plaintiff, and in part for defendant. Thus, in an action for goods sold and work 'done, if the defendant pleaded that he never was indebted, on which issue was joined, a verdict might be found for the plaintiff as to the goods, and for the defendant as to the work. Steph. Pi. (7th Ed.) 77d.
    —Distributive justice. See Justice.
    —Distributive share. The share or portion which a given heir receives on the legni distribution of an intestate estate, People v. Beckwith, 10 N. Y. St. Rep. 97; Page v. Rives, 18 Fed. Cas. 992. Sometimes, by an extension of meaning, the share or portion assigned to a given person on the distribution of any estate or fund, as, under an assignment for creditors or under insolvency proceedings.