loose associations


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loose as·so·ci·a·tions

a manifestation of a thought disorder whereby the patient's responses do not relate to the interviewer's questions, or one paragraph, sentence, or phrase is not logically connected to those that occur before or after.

loose as·so·ci·a·tions

(lūs ă-sō'sē-ā'shŭnz)
A manifestation of a severe thought disorder whereby the patient's responses do not relate to the interviewer's questions or one paragraph, sentence, or phrase is not logically connected to those that occur before or after.
Synonym(s): loosening of associations.
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Police say Simi Valley has two confirmed street gangs, as well as a number of loose associations of individuals.
Entire units in East Tyrone, South Armagh, South Derry and South Down have quit PIRA and set up loose associations with the Real IRA.
Men and weapons have moved, not necessarily to RIRA but to groups with a loose association.
They talked together, formed loose associations, and celebrated May Day and Shrovetide together," Seaver points out.
As in the previous year there was much consolidation with small, independent operators joining together into loose associations to find strength in numbers.
As in conventional brainstorming, concepts emerge from the interplay of your question/problem and the loose associations generated by the program.
These works create a pleasing feeling of hovering between meanings, between their tight construction and the loose associations they provoke.
Mr Little said the school has a number of loose associations with football club scouts and there were a number of other clubs looking at the boys.