Meaning of ASSOCIATIVE in English

ASSOCIATIVE

əˈsōs(h)ēˌād.iv, -ōshəd.iv,-ōs(h)ēəd.iv adjective

1. : tending to, inducing, or characterized by association especially of ideas or images

an associative symbol

2.

a. : dependent on or characterized by association

an associative reaction

b. : acquired by a process of learning

an associative reflex

3. : of, relating to, or being a mathematical operation that combines elements such that when the order of elements is preserved the result is independent of the grouping

addition is associative since (a + b) + c .a + (b + c)

• as·so·ci·a·tive·ly adverb

• as·so·ci·a·tiv·i·ty əˌsōs(h)ēəˈtivəd.ē noun -es

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