from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, characterized by, resulting from, or causing association.
- adj. Mathematics Independent of the grouping of elements. For example, if a + (b + c) = (a + b) + c, the operation indicated by + is associative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to, resulting from, or characterised by association; capable of associating; tending to associate or unite.
- adj. such that, for any operands ,
- adj. addressable by a key more complex than an integer index
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the quality of associating; tending or leading to association.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or resulting from association; capable of associating; tending to associate or unite; characterized by association: as, “the associative faculty,”
- In mathematics, applied to an operation which gives the same result whether it first unites two quantities A and B, and then unites the result to a third quantity C, or whether it first unites B and C, and then unites the result to A, the order of the quantities being preserved.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by or causing or resulting from the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
From associate + -ive. (Wiktionary)