[uh-soh-shee-ey-tiv, -see-, -shuh-tiv]
- pertaining to or resulting from association.
- tending to associate or unite.
- Mathematics, Logic.
- (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.
Origin of associative
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Without this power of associative memory we would not be able to reason.Plain English
The sensory and motor mechanism has ripened, but not the associative.
As yet they have not become accustomed to associative action.
- of, relating to, or causing association or union
- maths logic
- 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
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Word Origin and History for associative
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to the property of an operation, such as addition or multiplication, which states that the grouping of numbers undergoing the operation does not change the result. For example, 3 + (4 + 5) is equal to (3 + 4) + 5. See also commutative distributive.
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