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An associative operation is a binary operation where

(a * b) * c = a * (b * c)

i.e neither operation takes priority (however order is still preserved).

Examples of associative operations are:
multiplication of integers and
intersection of sets.

Examples of non-associative operations are:
subtraction of integers and ????
* exponentiation
#Interesting example from a different area of maths please?# * averaging
* vector cross product