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[dis-uh-soh-shee-eyt, -see-] /ˌdɪs əˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪt, -si-/
verb (used with object), disassociated, disassociating.
Origin of disassociate
First recorded in 1595-1605; dis-1 + associate
Related forms
disassociation, noun
Can be confused
disassociate, dissociate. Unabridged
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  • Suppose that we have made it impossible by disassociation from them to feed their greed.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • But this union and disassociation is just what occurs as the foundation of respiration.

  • With the work done he became conscious of a feeling of disassociation from the surroundings in which he had so long been at home.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Perhaps the psychologists of the book will find fault with my way of using the phrase, "disassociation of personality."

    Before Adam Jack London
  • Sidis defines Hypnosis as the disassociation of the superior and inferior nerve centers.

  • The same inertia is opposed to the work of disassociation seen operating slowly on certain truths.

  • Its disassociation is, therefore, very little advanced as regards the nation as a whole.

  • Unlike Antæus, I seemed to gain strength and poise by disassociation with the earth.

    Edge of the Jungle William Beebe
  • Many get a feeling of "detachment;" others a feeling of "disassociation," as though their entire being was only thought.

British Dictionary definitions for disassociation


a less common word for dissociate
Derived Forms
disassociation, noun
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Word Origin and History for disassociation



c.1600, from dis- + associate (v.). Related: Disassociated; disassociating; disassociation.

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