Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, characterized by, resulting from, or causing association.
  • adjective Mathematics Independent of the grouping of elements. For example, if a + (b + c) = (a + b) + c, the operation indicated by + is associative.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the quality of associating; tending or leading to association.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to, resulting from, or characterised by association; capable of associating; tending to associate or unite.
  • adjective algebra such that, for any operands ,
  • adjective computing addressable by a key more complex than an integer index

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective characterized by or causing or resulting from the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination

Etymologies

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From associate +‎ -ive.

Examples

  • Sometimes they centered themselves in the present moment, which is called associative thinking.

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  • Sometimes they centered themselves in the present moment, which is called associative thinking.

    Find Your Focus Zone

  • In the rat cortex, long-term associative memories vanished rapidly after local application of an inhibitor of the protein kinase C isoform, protein kinase M zeta PKMzeta.

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  • In the rat cortex, long-term associative memories vanished rapidly after local application of an inhibitor of the protein kinase C isoform, protein kinase M zeta PKMzeta.

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  • Sometimes they centered themselves in the present moment, which is called associative thinking.

    Find Your Focus Zone

  • Sometimes they centered themselves in the present moment, which is called associative thinking.

    Find Your Focus Zone

  • It is as if what are sometimes called the associative fibers, both ends of which are in the brain, were dwarfed in comparison with the afferent and efferent fibers that mediate sense and motion.

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  • The babblings and squigglings may be pretty or ugly, may carry certain associative meanings, (I think “e” is sort of … endearingly cute as a visual figurae, in its smiley muppetyness,) but these figurae are mostly just jabber and daubings until they’re built-up into morphemes, the smallest units that can have meaning.

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  • The babblings and squigglings may be pretty or ugly, may carry certain associative meanings, (I think “e” is sort of … endearingly cute as a visual figurae, in its smiley muppetyness,) but these figurae are mostly just jabber and daubings until they’re built-up into morphemes, the smallest units that can have meaning.

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  • If the parenthesis-free notation is tolerated in general logical exposition, this is because ˆ¨ is associative, that is, the wffs

    Disjunction

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