associative law

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associative law Rule of combination in mathematics, in which the result of two or more operations on terms does not depend on the way in which they are grouped. Thus, normal addition and multiplication of numbers follows the associative law, since a + (b + c) = (a + b) + c, and a × (b × c) = (a × b) × c.

associative law

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associative law See associative operation.

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