associative


as·so·cia·tive

adjective \ə-ˈsō-shē-ˌā-tiv, -sē-, -shə-tiv\

Definition of ASSOCIATIVE

1
:  of or relating to association especially of ideas or images
2
:  dependent on or acquired by association or learning
3
:  of, having, or being the property of combining to the same mathematical result regardless of the grouping of an expression's elements given that the order of those elements is preserved <addition is associative since (a + b) + c = a + (b + c)>
as·so·cia·tive·ly adverb
as·so·cia·tiv·i·ty \-ˌsō-shē-ə-ˈti-və-tē, -sē-, -shə-ˈti-\ noun

First Known Use of ASSOCIATIVE

1804

as·so·cia·tive

adjective \ə-ˈsō-s(h)ē-ˌāt-iv, -shət-iv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ASSOCIATIVE

1
: of or relating to association especially of ideas or images <an associative symbol>
2
a : dependent on or characterized by association <an associative reaction> b : acquired by a process of learning <an associative reflex>

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