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In psychology, the theory that human understanding of the world occurs through ideas associated with sensory experience rather than through innate ideas.


(ə-sō′sē-ā′shə-nĭz′əm, ə-sō′shē-)
The psychological theory that association is the basic principle of all mental activity.

as·so′ci·a′tion·ist adj. & n.
as·so′ci·a′tion·is′tic adj.
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Craig makes a compelling case for the pertinence of Hume's empiricism, and the associationist model of imagination, to British romanticism, diminishing, as he does so, the influence of the Kantian-Coleridgean view.
Bushnell had, in no uncertain terms, relegated Associationists in general to his catalog of dangerous naturalisms and had cited Fourier disdainfully at several other points in Nature and the Supernatural.
While the associationists retained racial hierarchy to legitimize imperial rule, opponents of racial theory among the sociologists invoked economic motives or the need for strategic security to overcome the paradox of a republic with imperial subjects.
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