as·so·ci·a·tion noun \ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən, -shē-\
: the act of associating
: something linked in memory or imagination with a thing or person
: the process of forming mental connections or bonds between sensations, ideas, or memories
: the aggregation of chemical species to form (as with hydrogen bonds) loosely bound chemical complexes—compare polymerization 1
—as·so·ci·a·tion·al \-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective
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