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[dih-soh-shee-eyt, -see-] /dɪˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪt, -si-/
verb (used with object), dissociated, dissociating.
to sever the association of (oneself); separate:
He tried to dissociate himself from the bigotry in his past.
to subject to dissociation.
verb (used without object), dissociated, dissociating.
to withdraw from association.
to undergo dissociation.
1605-15; dis-1 + (as)sociate, modeled on Latin dissociātus, past participle of dissociāre to divide, sever
Related forms
dissociative, adjective
Can be confused
disassociate, dissociate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dissociated
  • Better to stay in a dissociated state of stressed-out busyness.
  • Hence the absence of ejecta to form moons, the slow retrograde motion and the hydrogen from dissociated water all blown to space.
  • The enjoyment of rights ought not to be dissociated from the liabilities to duties.
  • She had forgotten those scenes, or at any rate had dissociated them from their pathogenic connection.
  • The economizing of scarce goods cannot be dissociated from such outstanding facts as production and exchange.
  • Yet the two sides of life, the vegetable and the animal, were not dissociated in the minds of those who observed the ceremonies.
  • She may appear dissociated or hysterical or may alternate from one to the other.
  • But he dissociated himself from the distressing incursions of modernity.
  • dissociated member's power to bind limited liability company.
British Dictionary definitions for dissociated


/dɪˈsəʊʃɪˌeɪt; -sɪ-/
to break or cause to break the association between (people, organizations, etc)
(transitive) to regard or treat as separate or unconnected
to undergo or subject to dissociation
Derived Forms
dissociative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dissociated



1610s (implied in dissociated), from Latin dissociatus, past participle of dissociare "to separate from companionship, disunite, set at variance," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + sociare "to join," from socius "companion" (see social (adj.)). Attested from 1540s as a past participle adjective meaning "separated."

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