# How does the structure of ionic bonds affect the structure of the ionic compound?

Ionic bonds enforce $\text{non-molecularity.....}$
In a simple binary ionic salt, $M X$, each individual ${M}^{+}$ cation is electrostatically bound to EVERY OTHER ${X}^{-}$ anion in the lattice. Of course, it is also electrostatically REPELLED by every other ${M}^{+}$ in the lattice, but if you sum up attractive versus repulsive electrostatic interactions across the entire lattice, which can certainly be done quantitatively, a net attractive force results that binds the lattice together.