Definition of associationism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

associationism

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//əˌsəʊsiˈeɪʃnɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˌsoʊsiˈeɪʃnɪzəm//
 
[uncountable](philosophy, psychology)
 
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the theory that we think and learn by connecting many different very simple ideas in our minds
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: associationism