- (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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How to use associative in a sentence
The absence of certain neurotransmitters makes the mind tend toward loose associative drifting during REM sleep, which may explain the often bizarre quality of our dreams during this sleep stage.
It is the only sense that bypasses the thalamus and has almost immediate access to the core cortex—including the hypothalamus, involved in the processing of new memories and associative learning.What Did the Past Smell Like? - Issue 93: Forerunners|Ann-Sophie Barwich|December 9, 2020|Nautilus
As expected, they scored very highly on the assessment of internal focus, with 23 of the 25 subjects being classified as primarily associative.
It is subjected to certain conditions and, for example, to the rules of commutativity and associativity of addition.
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