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word association

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noun
  1. stimulation of an associative pattern by a word.
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  • Melroy could hear a recording of somebody being given a word-association test.

    Day of the Moron

    Henry Beam Piper


British Dictionary definitions for word association

word association

noun
  1. an early method of psychoanalysis in which the patient thinks of the first word that comes into consciousness on hearing a given word. In this way it was claimed that aspects of the unconscious could be revealed before defence mechanisms intervene
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