association theory

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Noun1.association theory - (psychology) a theory that association is the basic principle of mental activity
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
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8) A similar understanding of peer association is advocated by differential association theory.
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