|1.||of, relating to, or causing association or union|
|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|
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.