associationism

noun

as·​so·​ci·​a·​tion·​ism ə-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce associationism (audio)
-ˌsō-shē-
: 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 noun
associationistic 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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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of associationism was in 1872

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“Associationism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/associationism. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

associationism

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

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