Definition of associative in English:



  • 1Of or involving the action of associating ideas or things.

    ‘an associative, nonlinear mode of thought’
    • ‘It's a densely allusive, punning, always associative flow that manages to keep its narrative movement alive with dizzying glances in all directions along the way.’
    • ‘The link between associative learning and fitness in such insects in not an obvious one.’
    • ‘Full of associative forms, his works are often question marks that invite multiple interpretations.’
    • ‘The wildly associative script skips through historical periods as well as genres, and one of the high points is an incredibly dynamic, eight-page verse monologue.’
    • ‘First, the epidemiologic studies are associative and do not indicate a definite causal link between smoking and decreased risk of disease.’
    • ‘Like electronic media, your eye keeps flicking back and forth over the images trying to decipher them, creating little associative narratives in your mind.’
    • ‘My memory, for what it's worth, works in a vague, associative way.’
    • ‘Thinking in the intuitive mode is swift, effortless, and associative, whereas thinking in the rational mode takes time and effort.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, we chatted a bit about how inept we both were at making turkey and the associative guilt we felt at being relegated to mashing potatoes.’
    • ‘The dance adds different layers to that, in an associative way.’
    • ‘What's important is the associative habits people have and, crudely put, who they're prepared to trust.’
    • ‘We love it when a painter drops you into uncertain territory, where all reference points are speculative and you're left to your own associative devices.’
    • ‘So they turned to another method called associative dating.’
    • ‘There is some associative evidence that steroid use can increase the risk of prostate cancer, but this link has yet to be borne out in a laboratory setting.’
    • ‘The experience of associative discovery is lost.’
    • ‘He seemed to know where everything was and, more than this, was able to summon from memory its aesthetic and associative merit.’
    • ‘This involves a form of associative learning (learning from the association between an action and the reinforcer), rather than any insight.’
    • ‘Through typical associative learning, the wasps can learn to link this chemical scent to their food.’
    • ‘They treat them as unequal under the law, as lacking full civil capacity, as not having the property rights, associative liberties, and employment rights of males.’
    • ‘Because values are determined by communities rather than just by individuals, teens must be free to openly discuss how their associative groups - whether religious or secular - answer these questions.’
    1. 1.1Computing [attributive]Of or denoting computer storage in which items are identified by content rather than by address.
      • ‘Dubbed ‘Smart Cache’, the system gives both cores access to the full 2MB of the eight-way associative L2 cache, dynamically adjusting the area allotted to each core.’
      • ‘In PHP, we can access these HTTP request variables by way of the associative array.’
      • ‘At the product's heart is a data warehousing solution that provides an associative layer on top of the warehouse itself.’
      • ‘There's an eight-way associative cache line for resolving conflicts on a LRU basis.’
      • ‘At the very top of the range, you might find a fully associative cache.’
  • 2Mathematics
    Involving the condition that a group of quantities connected by operators gives the same result whatever their grouping, as long as their order remains the same, e.g., (a × b) × c = a × (b × c)

    • ‘We may be informed, for example, that the numbers have a dense linear ordering, that there are associative and commutative operations of addition and multiplication, and so on.’
    • ‘What are the associative, commutative, distributive, and equality properties?’
    • ‘These two rules are called the commutative and associative laws for multiplication.’
    • ‘He then extended his father's work on associative algebras and worked on mathematical logic and set theory.’
    • ‘His main work was on associative algebras, non-associative algebras, and Riemann matrices.’