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Definition of associative adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    associative

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//əˈsoʊʃət̮ɪv//
     
    , NAmE//‑ʃiˌeɪt̮ɪv//
     
    , NAmE//‑siˌeɪt̮ɪv//
     
     
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  1. 1relating to the association of ideas or things
  2. 2(mathematics) giving the same result, no matter what order the parts of a calculation are done in, for example (a × b) × c = a × (b × c)
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