Non-associative operations

There are lots of operations that are not commutative.

I’m looking for striking counter-examples of operations that are not associative.

Or may associativity be genuinely built-in the concept of an operation? May non-associative operations be of genuinely lesser importance?

Which role do algebraic structures with non-associative operations play?

There’s a big gap between commutative and non-commuative algebraic structures (e.g. Abelian vs. non-Abelian groups or categories). Both kinds of algebraic structures are of equal importance. Does the same hold for assosiative vs. non-associative algebraic structures?

Answer

Subtraction:

(12)3=4
1(23)=2

Attribution
Source : Link , Question Author : Hans-Peter Stricker , Answer Author : Martin Argerami

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