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 (ə-sō′shə-tĭv, -sē-ə-tĭv, -sē-ā′tĭv, -shē-)
1. Of, characterized by, resulting from, or causing association.
2. Mathematics Independent of the grouping of elements. For example, if a + (b + c) = (a + b) + c, the operation indicated by + is associative.

as·so′ci·a·tive·ly adv.
as·so′ci·a′tiv′i·ty (-sē-ə-tĭv′ĭ-tē, -shē-, -shə-tĭv′-) n.


1. of, relating to, or causing association or union
2. (Mathematics) maths logic
a. 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)
b. referring to this property: the associative laws of arithmetic.
3. (Logic) maths logic
a. 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)
b. referring to this property: the associative laws of arithmetic.


(əˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪ tɪv, -si-, -ʃə tɪv)

1. pertaining to or resulting from association.
2. tending to associate or unite.
3. Math.
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: the associative law of multiplication.
as•so′ci•a`tive•ly (-ˌeɪ tɪv li, -ə tɪv-) adv.
as•so`ci•a•tiv′i•ty (-ʃi əˈtɪv ɪ ti, -si-, -ʃəˈtɪv-) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.associative - characterized by or causing or resulting from the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination ; "associative learning"
nonassociative - not associative


[əˈsəʊʃɪətɪv] ADJ
1. (Math) → asociativo
2. (Comput) associative storagealmacenamiento m asociativo




[əˈsəʊʃɪətɪv] adj (frm) (Math) → associativo/a
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If we find, in a given case, that our vague image, say, of a nondescript dog, has those associative effects which all dogs would have, but not those belonging to any special dog or kind of dog, we may say that our image means "dog" in general.
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Taking the floor at the opening of a seminar organised on April 17-18 in Tunis, on the integration of foreign students in Tunisia, at the initiative of the Directorate General of Student Affairs in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and several civil society partners, Khalbous pointed out the need of cooperation and coordination between the various institutional and associative actors to overcome all the obstacles to improve this integration.
Tant au niveau de la representation democratique qu'au niveau de l'action associative, ces femmes marocaines se sont distinguees dans leur pays d'accueil, en servant la population locale a l'echelle des communes, des mairies et d'autres institutions representatives.
The usual and expected pattern for a many-to-many relationship is an associative entity, a third object sitting between the two.
Whether in thick blocks or slender stanzas, Mexican poet Alejandro Tarrab's associative verse tumbles like a waterfall, sprinkled with brief images and erudite references that lend this dual translation an air of interpretive possibility.
Finite State Machine (FSM): the FSMcontrols the read and write data signals for both cache and main memory they indicates which cache set is have the requested address by sending signals for (GMux) and for (LRU controller unit) if set associative was selected from the cache memory when the direct mapped
In any case, in order to explain the wide variability in false memory, most studies have focused on the associative strength that bound the critical and studied words together.
It is shown that, subject to specific properties of the curvature form, curved Rota-Baxter systems (A, R, S, [omega]) induce associative and (left) pre-Lie products on the algebra A.
This learning process is called associative learning.
He, therefore, asserted that a common feature between them is the concern of defining the 'unit of learning' and the nature of the associative structure that results from animals being exposed to certain conditioning procedures.
Anderson (1983) and Collins & Loftus (1975) assume that knowledge about a word in any domain (e.g., phonological, semantic, visual), acquired through countless meetings where other words were present, makes up networks of interconnected words (i.e., associative networks).

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