[dis-uh-soh-shee-eyt, -see-]
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Origin of disassociate

First recorded in 1595–1605; dis-1 + associate
Related formsdis·as·so·ci·a·tion, noun
Can be confuseddisassociate dissociate
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Contemporary Examples of disassociation

Historical Examples of disassociation

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for disassociation


  1. a less common word for dissociate
Derived Formsdisassociation, 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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