Definition of associative in English:

associative

Syllabification: as·so·ci·a·tive
Pronunciation: /əˈsōsēˌātiv, -SHē-, -sēətiv, -SHətiv
 
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adjective

  • 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).
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    • 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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