It is subjected to certain conditions and, for example, to the rules of commutativity and associativity of addition.
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. |