word association

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word association
 
n
an early method of psychoanalysis in which the patient thinks of the first word that comes into consciousness on hearing a given word. In this way it was claimed that aspects of the unconscious could be revealed before defence mechanisms intervene

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Main Entry:  word association
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the connection and production of other words in response to a given word, done spontaneously as a game, creative technique, or in a psychiatric evaluation
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