associationism

noun
as·so·ci·a·tion·ism | \ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shə-ˌni-zəm, -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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associationist \-ˈā-sh(ə-)nist \ noun
associationistic \-ˌā-shə-ˈnis-tik \ 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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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- \

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 \ adjective

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