associative

adjective as·so·cia·tive \ 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)

associatively

adverb

associativity

play \-ˌsō-shē-ə-ˈti-və-tē, -sē-, -shə-ˈti-\ noun

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First Known Use of associative

1801


ASSOCIATIVE Defined for Kids

associative

adjective as·so·cia·tive \ ə-ˈsō-shē-ˌā-tiv , -shə-tiv \

Definition of associative for Students

: 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.

Medical Dictionary

associative

adjective as·so·cia·tive \ ə-ˈsō-s(h)ē-ˌāt-iv , -shət-iv \

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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