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[uh-soh-shee-ey-tiv, -see-, -shuh-tiv]
pertaining to or resulting from association.
tending to associate or unite.
Mathematics, Logic.
(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 ).
having reference to this property: associative law of multiplication.

1805–15; associate + -ive

associatively [uh-soh-shee-ey-tiv-lee, -uh-tiv-, -see-] , adverb
associativity [uh-soh-shee-uh-tiv-i-tee, -see-, -shuh-tiv-] , associativeness, noun
nonassociative, adjective
nonassociatively, adverb
subassociative, adjective
subassociatively, adverb
unassociative, adjective
unassociatively, adverb Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
associative (əˈsəʊʃɪətɪv)
1.  of, relating to, or causing association or union
2.  maths, logic
 a.  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)
 b.  referring to this property: the associative laws of arithmetic

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Word Origin & History

1812, from associate (v.) + -ive.
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associative  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (ə-sō'shə-tĭv)  Pronunciation Key 
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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