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associationism

[ uh-soh-see-ey-shuh-niz-uhm, -shee-ey- ]
/ əˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm, -ʃiˈeɪ- /
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noun
Psychology. any of several theories that explain complex psychological phenomena as being built up from the association of simple sensations, stimuli and responses, or other behavioral or mental elements considered as primary.
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Origin of associationism

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; association + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM associationism

as·so·ci·a·tion·ist, adjective, nounas·so·ci·a·tion·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for associationism

associationism
/ (əˌsəʊsɪˈeɪʃəˌnɪzəm) /

noun
psychol a theory that all mental activity is based on connections between basic mental events, such as sensations and feelings
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