Definition of associationism in English:

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Pronunciation: /əsōsēˈāSHnizəm/


A theory in philosophy or psychology that regards the simple association or co-occurrence of ideas or sensations as the primary basis of meaning, thought, or learning.
Example sentences
  • Psychological behaviorism is associationism without appeal to mental events.
  • The Romantic conception of the self was an outgrowth of Kant's critique of associationism.
  • At this point, the regime began to get nervous about the spread of associationism, and it responded by refusing to legalize more independent housewife organizations.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Cognitive theories of learning have moved away from the associationist view and tried to explain the influences of other processes, such as attention, imagination, thinking, and feeling.
  • Not all behavioral associationists, to be sure, shared Skinner's disdain for theory.
  • Consider now the rise of the associationist paradigm.

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Syllabification: as·so·ci·a·tion·ism

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