Pronunciation: (u-sō'shē-ā"tiv, -sē-, -shu-tiv), [key]
1. pertaining to or resulting from association.
2. tending to associate or unite.
3. Math., Logic.
a. (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).
b. having reference to this property: associative law of multiplication.
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