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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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