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

Other Words from associationism

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

Examples of associationism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Catalans birthed their culture of associationism by establishing non-governmental groups dedicated to preserving regional traditions. Elaine Heinzman, Smithsonian, 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of associationism

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Associationism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/associationism. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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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 associationism (audio) \ adjective

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