Meaning of “free association” in the English Dictionary

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"free association" in British English

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free associationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌfriː ə.səʊ.siˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌfriː ə.soʊ.siˈeɪ.ʃən/

Examples from literature

  • In free association and the ink-blot tests they are nearly as good. 
  • The dream, as a rule, merely furnishes the starting-point for free association. 
  • The free association technique begins by trying to think about nothing in a relaxed, tension-free environment. 

(Definition of “free association” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)