Definition of associative in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsōSHēˌādiv/
Pronunciation: /əˈsōsēˌādiv/
Pronunciation: /əˈsōSH(ē)ədiv/
Pronunciation: /əˈsōsēədiv/


1Of or involving the action of associating ideas or things: an associative, nonlinear mode of thought
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  • The link between associative learning and fitness in such insects in not an obvious one.
  • First, the epidemiologic studies are associative and do not indicate a definite causal link between smoking and decreased risk of disease.
  • Through typical associative learning, the wasps can learn to link this chemical scent to their food.
1.1 [attributive] Computing Of or denoting computer storage in which items are identified by content rather than by address.
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  • Dubbed ‘Smart Cache’, the system gives both cores access to the full 2MB of the eight-way associative L2 cache, dynamically adjusting the area allotted to each core.
  • In PHP, we can access these HTTP request variables by way of the associative array.
  • At the product's heart is a data warehousing solution that provides an associative layer on top of the warehouse itself.
2 Mathematics Involving the condition that a group of quantities connected by operators gives the same result whatever their grouping, as long as their order remains the same, e.g., (a × b) × c = a × (b × c).
Example sentences
  • We may be informed, for example, that the numbers have a dense linear ordering, that there are associative and commutative operations of addition and multiplication, and so on.
  • These two rules are called the commutative and associative laws for multiplication.
  • He then extended his father's work on associative algebras and worked on mathematical logic and set theory.

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Syllabification: as·so·ci·a·tive

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