[ uh-soh-see-ey-shuh-niz-uh m, -shee-ey- ]
/ əˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm, -ʃiˈeɪ- /


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.
Compare sensationism.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for associationist

/ (əˌsəʊsɪˈeɪʃəˌnɪzəm) /


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