word association


noun

stimulation of an associative pattern by a word.
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Examples from the Web for word association

  • 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

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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