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associative

[uh-soh-shee-ey-tiv, -see-, -shuh-tiv] /əˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪ tɪv, -si-, -ʃə tɪv/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or resulting from association.
2.
tending to associate or unite.
3.
Mathematics, Logic.
  1. (of an operation on a set of elements) giving an equivalent expression when elements are grouped without change of order, as (a + b) + c = a + (b + c).
  2. having reference to this property:
    associative law of multiplication.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; associate + -ive
Related forms
associatively
[uh-soh-shee-ey-tiv-lee, -uh-tiv-, -see-] /əˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪ tɪv li, -ə tɪv-, -si-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
associativity
[uh-soh-shee-uh-tiv-i-tee, -see-, -shuh-tiv-] /əˌsoʊ ʃi əˈtɪv ɪ ti, -si-, -ʃəˈtɪv-/ (Show IPA),
associativeness, noun
nonassociative, adjective
nonassociatively, adverb
subassociative, adjective
subassociatively, adverb
unassociative, adjective
unassociatively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for associativity

associative

/əˈsəʊʃɪətɪv/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or causing association or union
2.
(maths, logic)
  1. being independent of the grouping of numbers, symbols, or terms within a given set, as in conjunction or in an expression such as (2 × 3) × 4 = 2 × (3 × 4)
  2. referring to this property: the associative laws of arithmetic
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Word Origin and History for associativity

associative

adj.

1812, from associate (v.) + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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associativity in Science
associative
  (ə-sō'shə-tĭv)   
Of or relating to the property of an operation, such as addition or multiplication, which states that the grouping of numbers undergoing the operation does not change the result. For example, 3 + (4 + 5) is equal to (3 + 4) + 5. See also commutative, distributive.

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associativity in Technology
programming
The property of an operator that says whether a sequence of three or more expressions combined by the operator will be evaluated from left to right (left associative) or right to left (right associative). For example, in Perl, the lazy and operator && is left associative so in the expression:
$i >= 0 && $x[$i] >= 0 && $y[$x[$i]] == 0
the left-most && is evaluated first, whereas = is right associative, so in
$a = $b = 42
the right-most assignment is performed first.
(2007-06-16)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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