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adjective com·mu·ta·tive \kə-ˈmyü-tə-tiv, ˈkäm-yə-ˌtā-tiv\

Definition of commutative

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or showing commutation

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, having, or being the property that a given mathematical operation and set have when the result obtained using any two elements of the set with the operation does not differ with the order in which the elements are used a commutative group addition of the positive integers is commutative

First Known Use of commutative

1612


COMMUTATIVE Defined for Kids

commutative

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adjective com·mu·ta·tive \ˈkä-myə-ˌtā-tiv\

Definition of commutative for Students

  1. :  being a property of a mathematical operation (as addition or multiplication) in which the result does not depend on the order of the elements The commutative property of addition states that 1 + 2 and 2 + 1 will both have a sum of 3.


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