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Free association   /fri əsˌoʊsiˈeɪʃən/   Listen
Free association

A thought process in which ideas (words or images) suggest other ideas in a sequence.

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"Free association" Quotes from Famous Books

... German, and even English writers. The muck-raking is all on this side of the water. The writer from whom I quote, M. Paul de Rousiers, author of "La Vie Americaine," does not commend without discrimination, which makes what he has to say of more value. He notes at the outset that "the spirit of free association is widely extended in the United States, and it produces results of surprising efficiency." There are two motives for association, he thinks, the consciousness of weakness, which is generally operative abroad, ...
— A Librarian's Open Shelf • Arthur E. Bostwick

... in the city, and I had often wondered about their life, which seemed to me a blind groping towards our own, though only upon terms that forbade it to those who most needed it. The clubs here are not like our groups, the free association of sympathetic people, though one is a little more literary, or commercial, or scientific, or political than another; but the entrance to each is more or less jealously guarded; there is an initiation-fee, and there are annual dues, which are usually heavy enough to exclude ...
— Through the Eye of the Needle - A Romance • W. D. Howells

Words linked to "Free association" :   thought process, mentation, thinking, cerebration, intellection, thought

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