|commutative (kəˈmjuːtətɪv, ˈkɒmjʊˌteɪtɪv)|
|1.||relating to or involving substitution|
|a. (of an operator) giving the same result irrespective of the order of the arguments; thus disjunction and addition are commutative but implication and subtraction are not|
|b. relating to this property: the commutative law of addition|
commutative [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (kə-my'tə-tĭv, kŏm'yə-tā'tĭv) Pronunciation Key |
Of or relating to binary operations for which changing the order of the inputs does not change the result of the operation. For example, addition is commutative, since a + b = b + a for any two numbers a and b, while subtraction is not commutative, since a - b ` a - b unless both a and b are zero. See also associative, distributive.