Definition of associative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈsəʊʃiətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsoʊʃiətɪv//
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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, for example (a × b) × c = a × (b × c)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: associative