associative[ə sō′s̸hē āt′iv, -sē-; -s̸hə tiv]
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- of, characterized by, or causing association, as of ideas
- Math. of or pertaining to an operation in which the result is the same regardless of the way the elements are grouped, as, in addition, 2 + (3 + 4) = (2 + 3) + 4 and in multiplication, 2(3 x 4) = (2 x 3)4
Origin: ML associativus
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- Of, characterized by, resulting from, or causing association.
- Mathematics Independent of the grouping of elements. For example, if a + (b + c) = (a + b) + c, the operation indicated by + is associative.
- as·soˈci·aˌtive·ly adverb
- as·soˌci·aˌtivˈi·ty noun
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