Operator precedence in JavaScript

Operator precedence refers to the priority given to operators while parsing a statement that has more than one operator performing operations in it. It is important to ensure the correct result and also to help the compiler understand what the order of operations should be. Operators with higher priorities are resolved first. But as one goes down the list, the priority decreases and hence their resolution.

Precedence and Associativity: Associativity in general states that irrespective of the order of operands for a given operation the result remains the same. Precedence is used to tell the compiler what operations should be performed first. For example, consider three numbers 2, 3, and 4. Now consider two operations:

( 2 + 3 ) + 4 = 2 + ( 3 + 4 )
( 2 >= 3 ) or ( 1 != 4 )

The first operation is associativity where the order does not matter. The second case is precedence, where in order to reach the desired result there has to be a proper order in which operations will be performed. 

Associativity is not a singular concept while dealing with precedence operations has to be dealt either with left-to-right or right-to-left associativity. This completely depends on the operation and tells the parser from which direction the operation should start.


// left-to-right associativity : division 
// right-to-left associativity : assignment 
a = 3 

Operator Precedence Table: The operator precedence table can help one know the precedence of an operator relative to other operators. As one goes down the table, the precedence of these operators decreases over each other, that is, the priority of an operator is lower than the operators above it and higher than the ones below it. The operators in the same row have the same priority.

In this table, 1 is the highest precedence and 19 is the lowest precedence.

Precedence  Operator Description Associativity Example
1 () Grouping (1+2)
2 . Member left to right obj.function
[] Member left to right obj[“func”]
new Create new Date()
() Function call left to right func()
3 ++ Postfix increment i++
Postfix decrement i–
4 ++ Prefix increment right to left ++i
Prefix decrement –i
! Logical NOT !TRUE
typeof Type typeof a
5 ** Exponentiation right to left 4**2
6 * Multiplication left to right 2*3
/ Division 18/9
% Remainder 4%2
7 + Addition left to right 2+4
Subtraction 4-2
8 <<  Left shift  left to right y<<2
>>  Right shift y>>2
>>>  Unsigned Right shift  y>>>2
9 Less than left to right 3<4
<=  Less than or equal 3<=4
Greater than 4>3
>=  Greater than or equal 4>=3
in In “PI” in MATH
instanceof Instance of  A instanceof B
10 == Equality left to right x==y
!= Inequality x!=y
=== Strictly equal x===y
!== Strictly unequal x!==y
11 & Bitwise AND left to right x&y
12 ^ Bitwise XOR left to right x^y
13 | Bitwise OR left to right x|y
14 && Logical AND left to right x&&y
15 || Logical OR left to right x||y
16 ? : Conditional right to left (x>y)?x:y
17   Assignment right to left x=5
+= x+=3
-= x-=3
*= x*=3
/= x/=3
%= x%=3
<<=  x<<=2
>>=  x>>=2
>>>=  x>>>=2
&= x&=y
^= x^=y
|= x|=y
18 yield Pause function  right to left yield x
19 , Comma left to right x,y


My Personal Notes arrow_drop_up

Check out this Author's contributed articles.

If you like GeeksforGeeks and would like to contribute, you can also write an article using contribute.geeksforgeeks.org or mail your article to contribute@geeksforgeeks.org. See your article appearing on the GeeksforGeeks main page and help other Geeks.

Please Improve this article if you find anything incorrect by clicking on the "Improve Article" button below.

Article Tags :

Be the First to upvote.

Please write to us at contribute@geeksforgeeks.org to report any issue with the above content.