associationism

noun
as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion·​ism | \ ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce associationism (audio) , -ˌsō-shē-\

Definition of associationism

: a reductionist school of psychology that holds that the content of consciousness can be explained by the association and reassociation of irreducible sensory and perceptual elements

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Other Words from associationism

associationist \ ə-​ˌsō-​sē-​ˈā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce associationist (audio) , -​ˌsō-​shē-​ \ noun
associationistic \ ə-​ˌsō-​sē-​ˌā-​shə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce associationistic (audio) , -​ˌsō-​shē-​ \ adjective

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Catalans birthed their culture of associationism by establishing non-governmental groups dedicated to preserving regional traditions. Elaine Heinzman, Smithsonian, "How Soup Nourishes Barcelona’s Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of associationism

1872, in the meaning defined above

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associationism

noun
as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion·​ism | \ ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shə-ˌniz-əm, -ˌsō-shē- How to pronounce associationism (audio) \

Medical Definition of associationism

: a reductionist school of psychology that holds that the content of consciousness can be explained by the association and reassociation of irreducible sensory and perceptual elements

Other Words from associationism

associationistic \ -​ˌā-​shə-​ˈnis-​tik How to pronounce associationistic (audio) \ adjective

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