- (of an operation on a set of elements) giving an equivalent expression when elements are grouped without change of order, as (a + b) + c = a + (b + c).
- having reference to this property: associative law of multiplication.
Examples from the Web for associative
Who is Friedman's source (and, by the associative property, Shapiro's)?
I mean, instead, a mind that is thoughtful, curious, with a discernable pattern of associative thinking and insight.
Very soon the associative irradiation becomes more complex, and whole groups of emotional reactions are imitated.Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park
As for the intellectual faculties, women are decidedly superior to men in memory, and possibly more rapid in associative thinking.Principles of Teaching|Adam S. Bennion
One has always to be careful not to give too much importance to one's own associative fancies in regard to the names of places.Vanishing Roads and Other Essays|Richard Le Gallienne
No wonder that the associative memory has to be most carefully cultivated in golf.The Soul of Golf|Percy Adolphus Vaile
Without this power of associative memory we would not be able to reason.Plain English|Marian Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for associative
- being independent of the grouping of numbers, symbols, or terms within a given set, as in conjunction or in an expression such as (2 × 3) × 4 = 2 × (3 × 4)
- referring to this propertythe associative laws of arithmetic