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

associationist

play \-ˈā-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

associationistic

play \-ˌā-shə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

First Known Use of associationism

1872


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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

associationistic

play \-ˌā-shə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

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