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 (ə-sō′sē-ā′shən, -shē-)
1. The act of associating or being connected with: My parents disapproved of my association with my friends from across town.
2. An organized body of people who have an interest, activity, or purpose in common; a society.
a. A mental connection or relation between thoughts, feelings, ideas, or sensations: My therapist helped me examine my association of food with comfort.
b. The act of expressing a link or connection between two things: "The media's association of visa overstayers with illegality is so strong and common as to shape public attitudes towards them" (Junya Morooka).
4. A correlation or causal connection: There is a definite association of exercise with improved health.
5. Chemistry Any of various processes of combination, such as hydration, solvation, or complex-ion formation, depending on relatively weak chemical bonding.
6. Ecology A large number of organisms in a specific geographic area constituting a community with one or two dominant species.

as·so′ci·a′tion·al adj.


relating to association or alliance or an association, alliance or affiliation
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Adj.1.associational - of or relating to associations or associationism
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
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If one adopts the frame of The Three R's--Race Regionalism and Reconciliation--one immediately creates a cognitive frame that resonates associationally with systems, processes and structure.
This associationist view of vocabulary has been criticised because vocabulary knowledge is not always associationally driven but meaning driven.
a particular ideal-typical institutional arrangement for linking the associationally organized interests of civil society with the decisional structures of the state.
To study something associationally is to study something in its ordinary sense, without any kind of predetermined ideas as to what conclusions one will derive from data.
As a Hume poem works its way down the page, it associationally splices in curves to its story, cubistically re-designing the "floating world" of the subject.
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