- (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.
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In the book’s best bits, his broad thesis provides fertile ground for expansive and erudite associative thought.Exploring the sense of touch, and why we hunger for contact|Sophie Dess|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
Who is Friedman's source (and, by the associative property, Shapiro's)?
Certain professors see a chance to benefit from this associative taint.The Professor of Hip-Hop: Adam Bradley’s Poetic Mission|Nick Romeo|September 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
So, you know, I think the other thing…I think we suffered quite a few associative attacks from Obama.
I mean, instead, a mind that is thoughtful, curious, with a discernable pattern of associative thinking and insight.
Thus, the thinking of primitive man is almost exclusively associative.
By one of those associative reversals which are common in the field of mythology, this then reacted upon the corpse itself.
The element of associative suggestion also enters into the manifestation of sthetic emotional feeling.Your Mind and How to Use It|William Walker Atkinson
The utility of smell would be great because it is accurate, and hence powerful in its associative quality.Criminal Psychology|Hans Gross
We say nothing here of Relative or Associative Beauty,this has never been doubted either in its essence or its value.Spare Hours|John Brown
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