[ uh-soh-shee-ey-tiv, -see-, -shuh-tiv ]
/ əˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪ tɪv, -si-, -ʃə tɪv /
pertaining to or resulting from association.
tending to associate or unite.
- (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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- association fiber,
- association football,
- association law,
- association test,
- associative aphasia,
- associative cortex,
- associative learning,
- associative neuron,
- associative storage
Origin of associative
as·so·ci·a·tive·ly [uh-soh-shee-ey-tiv-lee, -uh-tiv-, -see-] /əˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪ tɪv li, -ə tɪv-, -si-/, adverbas·so·ci·a·tiv·i·ty [uh-soh-shee-uh-tiv-i-tee, -see-, -shuh-tiv-] /əˌsoʊ ʃi əˈtɪv ɪ ti, -si-, -ʃəˈtɪv-/, as·so·ci·a·tive·ness, nounnon·as·so·ci·a·tive, adjectivenon·as·so·ci·a·tive·ly, adverb
sub·as·so·ci·a·tive, adjectivesub·as·so·ci·a·tive·ly, adverbun·as·so·ci·a·tive, adjectiveun·as·so·ci·a·tive·ly, adverb
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/ (əˈsəʊʃɪətɪv) /
of, relating to, or causing association or union
- 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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[ ə-sō′shə-tĭv ]
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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