Associativity determines how operators of the same precedence in expressions are grouped.

Related concepts:  OperatorPrecedenceExpression

Closest Wikipedia entry:  Operator associativity — In programming languages, the associativity of an operator is a property that determines how operators of the same precedence are grouped in the absence of parentheses. If an operand is both preceded and followed by operators (for example, ^ 3 ^), and those operators have equal precedence, then the operand may be used as input to two different operations (i.e. the two operations indicated by the two operators). The choice of which operations to apply the operand to, is determined by the associativity of the operators.

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