Definition of free association noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    free association

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  1. 1the mental process by which one word or image may suggest another without any obvious connection
  2. 2a method of treating a patient by asking them to use the mental process of free association
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verb [intransitive] Patients were encouraged to free associate as a way of revealing negative thoughts.

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