[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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It is subjected to certain conditions and, for example, to the rules of commutativity and associativity of addition.
- 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 associativity
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- 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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