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Definition of associative adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , 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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