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)>
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: relating to or being a property of a mathematical operation (as addition or multiplication) in which the result does not depend on how the elements are grouped <The associative property of addition states that (2 + 3) + 1 and 2 + (3 + 1) will both have a sum of 6.>
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