associative [uh-soh-shee-ey-tiv, -see-, -shuh-tiv] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for associative on adjective

  1. pertaining to or resulting from association.
  2. tending to associate or unite.
  3. Mathematics, Logic.
    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.

Origin of associative First recorded in 1805–15; associate + -ive Related formsas·so·ci·a·tive·ly [uh-soh-shee-ey-tiv-lee, -uh-tiv-, -see-] /əˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪ tɪv li, -ə tɪv-, -si-/, adverbas·so·ci·a·tiv·i·ty [uh-soh-shee-uh-tiv-i-tee, -see-, -shuh-tiv-] /əˌsoʊ ʃi əˈtɪv ɪ ti, -si-, -ʃəˈtɪv-/, as·so·ci·a·tive·ness, nounnon·as·so·ci·a·tive, adjectivenon·as·so·ci·a·tive·ly, adverbsub·as·so·ci·a·tive, adjectivesub·as·so·ci·a·tive·ly, adverbun·as·so·ci·a·tive, adjectiveun·as·so·ci·a·tive·ly, adverb Related Words for associative collateral, coeval, belonging, joint, fellow, complementary, incident, contemporary, satellite, attending, corollary, coordinate, attendant, accessory, coefficient, adjuvant, akin, alike, close, insular Examples from the Web for associative Contemporary Examples of associative

  • Who is Friedman’s source (and, by the associative property, Shapiro’s)?

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  • Certain professors see a chance to benefit from this associative taint.

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  • I mean, instead, a mind that is thoughtful, curious, with a discernable pattern of associative thinking and insight.

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  • Historical Examples of associative

  • The matter, therefore, in which associative imagination can be shown is 11.

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  • The aim of society should be the exploitation of the globe by associative effort.

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  • Without this power of associative memory we would not be able to reason.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton

  • The sensory and motor mechanism has ripened, but not the associative.

    Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, January 1899


  • As yet they have not become accustomed to associative action.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for associative associative adjective

    1. of, relating to, or causing association or union
    2. maths logic
      1. being independent of the grouping of numbers, symbols, or terms within a given set, as in conjunction or in an expression such as (2 × 3) × 4 = 2 × (3 × 4)
      2. referring to this propertythe associative laws of arithmetic

    Word Origin and History for associative adj.

    1812, from associate (v.) + -ive.

    associative in Science associative [ə-sō′shə-tĭv]

    1. Of or relating to the property of an operation, such as addition or multiplication, which states that the grouping of numbers undergoing the operation does not change the result. For example, 3 + (4 + 5) is equal to (3 + 4) + 5. See also commutative distributive.

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