Definition of associationism in English:



  • [mass noun] A theory in philosophy or psychology which regards the simple association or co-occurrence of ideas or sensations as the primary basis of meaning, thought, or learning.

    • ‘The Romantic conception of the self was an outgrowth of Kant's critique of associationism.’
    • ‘Psychological behaviorism is associationism without appeal to mental events.’
    • ‘Many theologians hold that these attributes are metaphorical rather than real, since comparison of God to human beings is strictly forbidden due to fears 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.’