1) Of, characterized by, resulting from, or causing association.
Adj. from associate.
Fr.: algèbre associative
An algebra whose multiplication is associative.
Fr.: axiome d'associativité
A basic rule in → group theory stating that if a, b and c are members of a group then (a * b) * c and a * (b * c) are members of the group.
Fr.: loi associative
In mathematics, the rule that states that the result of two identical operations is independent of the sequence of these operations. For ex., in the addition operation, a + (b + c) = (a + b) + c = a + b + c. Multiplication of numbers is also associative.