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The commutative property says that the order of the numbers when adding or multiplying can be changed without changing the answer. For example, both 2+8 and 8+2 are equal to 10, and both 5*7 and 7*5 are equal to 35. This can be done with any numbers, or with more than two numbers.

The definition of commutative property of addition is a+b=b+a. a and b are variables and can be any number.

Some operations like dividing are not commutative. For instance, 6\div3 is 2, but 3\div6 is \frac{1}{2}. Subtraction is not commutative either: 6-2 is 4, but 2-6 is negative 4.

In higher mathematics like calculus, there are other commutative operations besides adding and multiplying.

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