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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.
Origin of dissociate
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 dissociative
  • And the rest of the tests had proved that he had a dissociative condition but not multiple-personality disorder.
  • Club kids take ketamine because it induces potent and pleasurable dissociative feelings.
  • He also experienced two dissociative episodes secondary to stressful events.
  • In an instant she snapped out of her dissociative dream state and was sputtering back up to the air.
  • dissociative fugue or dissociative amnesia is a rare but intriguing emotional disorder.
  • He will drop a toy in her lap to snap her out of a dissociative state.
British Dictionary definitions for dissociative


/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 dissociative



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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