Definition of non-associative in English:



  • 1Not characterized by association, especially of ideas.

    ‘the development of chaffinch song is most obviously classified as non-associative learning’
    • ‘Habituation does not, so it is regarded as a non-associative form of learning.’
  • 2Mathematics
    Involving the condition that a group of quantities connected by operations gives a result dependent upon the order in which the operations are performed.

    • ‘From 1931 to 1937 she studied projective planes introducing Moufang planes and non-associative systems called Moufang loops.’
    • ‘His main work was on associative algebras, non-associative algebras, and Riemann matrices.’