associative[ə sō′s̸hē āt′iv, -sē-; -s̸hə tiv]
- 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 of associativeMedieval Latin associativus
- 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.
(comparative more associative, superlative most associative)
- Pertaining to, resulting from, or characterised by association; capable of associating; tending to associate or unite.
- (algebra, of an operator) such that, for any operands ,
- (computing) addressable by a key more complex than an integer index
- Awk's associative arrays may be indexed by strings.
- Associative memories were once given considerable attention.
From associate + -ive.