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free association

n.
1. A spontaneous, logically unconstrained and undirected association of ideas, emotions, and feelings.
2. A psychoanalytic technique in which a patient's articulation of free associations is encouraged in order to reveal unconscious thoughts and emotions, such as traumatic experiences that have been repressed.

free association

n
1. (Psychoanalysis) psychoanal a method of exploring a person's unconscious by eliciting words and thoughts that are associated with key words provided by a psychoanalyst
2. a spontaneous mental process whereby ideas, words, or images suggest other ideas, etc, in a nonlogical chain reaction

free′ associa′tion


n.
1. Psychoanal. the uncensored expression of the ideas, impressions, etc., passing through the mind of an analysand.
2. any process in which one idea, word, etc., suggests or elicits the next without following any logical order or conscious direction.
[1895–1900]
free′-asso′ciate, v.i. -at•ed, -at•ing.

free association

Psychoanalysis. the unhampered and uncensored expression of ideas, impressions, etc., passing through the mind of the patiënt, used to permit access to the processes of the unconscious.
See also: Thinking

free association

In this method, sometimes used in psychoanalysis, subjects are encouraged to let their thoughts wander, the final chain of associations often providing clues to the underlying disturbance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.free association - a thought process in which ideas (words or images) suggest other ideas in a sequence
cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought process, thought - the process of using your mind to consider something carefully; "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"
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After the revolution, all the intellectual, artistic, and spiritual activities of men would be cared for by such "free associations"; romantic novelists would be supported by those who liked to read romantic novels, and impressionist painters would be supported by those who liked to look at impressionist pictures--and the same with preachers and scientists, editors and actors and musicians.
Pacific Territories, the Compact of Free Association (COFA) States, and the Republic of Kiribati.
The Commonwealth of Independent States(CIS)is free association ofsovereignstatesthat were formerly part of the Soviet Union.Formed in 1991, it nowcomprises10 countries.
With the 2020 Census approaching, as well as the Compact of Free Association up for renewal in 2023, it is also critical that we accurately account for the Marshallese residing in the U.S.
He's a master of groan-inducing wordplay ("The feel of nature abounds and I don't want to leaf," reads one caption) and free association ("Reminds me of a film of oil floating on water," reads another).
The plaintiffs argue Act violates free speech and free association under the First Amendment.The lawsuit states that Act is a content-based restriction infringing on Plaintiffs right to free speech.
He is a practicing artist living in Sydney and was the inaugural director of the International Drawing Research Institute at Compact of Free Association.
By showcasing the success of the Commonwealth Export Champions, the programme will highlight the trade and investment opportunities for UK businesses across the Commonwealth - a free association of 53 countries, representing one third of the world's population and fastgrowing markets.
The FSM became independent in 1986, when it entered into a Compact of Free Association with the United States that included 15 years of substantial development aid.
APHA members can find out how public health funding is faring in their states through a series of free Association fact sheets.
This biomorphism counters Surrealism's equally marked strain of free association as revealed by Dali's Lobster Telephone, 1936, even as David Smith's Saw Head and Chain Head, both 1933, illuminate the germ of an incubating Abstract Expressionism.