free association
noun Date: 1899 1. a. the expression (as by speaking or writing) of the content of consciousness without censorship as an aid in gaining access to unconscious processes especially in psychoanalysis b. the reporting of the first thought that comes to mind in response to a given stimulus (as a word) 2. an idea or image elicited by free association 3. a method using free association • free-associate intransitive verbfree-associative adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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