free association

noun

Definition of free association

  1. 1a :  the expression (as by speaking or writing) of the content of consciousness without censorship as an aid in gaining access to unconscious processes especially in psychoanalysisb :  the reporting of the first thought that comes to mind in response to a given stimulus (such as a word)

  2. 2 :  an idea or image elicited by free association

  3. 3 :  a method using free association

free–associate

play \ˌfrē-ə-ˈsō-sē-ˌāt, -shē-\ intransitive verb

free–associative

play \-sē-ˌā-tiv, -shē-ˌā- -shə-tiv\ adjective

First Known Use of free association

1925


Medical Dictionary

free association

noun

Medical Definition of free association

  1. 1a:  the expression (as by speaking or writing) of the content of consciousness without censorship as an aid in gaining access to unconscious processes especially in psychoanalysisb:  the reporting of the first thought that comes to mind in response to a given stimulus (as a word)

  2. 2:  an idea or image elicited by free association

  3. 3:  a method using free association


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