1of or involving the association of things:making associative links
Computing of or denoting computer storage in which items are identified by content rather than by address.
2 Mathematics involving the condition that a group of quantities connected by operators gives the same result whatever their grouping, i.e. in whichever order the operations are performed, as long as the order of the quantities remains the same, e.g. (a × b) × c = a × (b × c).
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Definition of associative in the US English dictionary