Definition of associative in English:


Line breaks: as¦so¦cia|tive
Pronunciation: /əˈsəʊʃɪətɪv
, -sɪ-/


1Of or involving the association of things: making associative links
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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 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, 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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  • 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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