“Commutative” comes from the word “commute” – to move around.
So, the commutative property of addition means that you can move the numbers around and the answer is still the same — 2 + 3 is the same as 3 + 2.
The commutative property of multiplication is similar — 2 x 3 = 3 x 2.
Of course, this doesn’t work with subtraction or division.