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as·so·cia·tive prop·er·ty

associative property

part of speech: noun
definition: in addition and multiplication, the characteristic that allows you to add or multiply a group of numbers in any order and get the same answer. For example, in multiplication, (5 x 2) x 7 is equal to (7 x 2) x 5.