Meaning of associative

as•so•ci•a•tive

Pronunciation: (u-sō'shē-ā"tiv, -sē-, -shu-tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to or resulting from association.
  2. tending to associate or unite.
  3. associative law of multiplication.
    1. (of an operation on a set of elements) giving an equivalent expression when elements are grouped without change of order, as (a + b) + c = a + (b + c).
    2. having reference to this property:associative law of multiplication.
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