Definition: Dissociative

From New World Encyclopedia


From Latin dissociat- (from dissociare, from dis- + sociare) +‎ -ive


  1. removing or separating from some association
    It was a lonely, dissociative time in my life, when I stayed holed up in my apartment for weeks on end.
  2. causing dissociation
    The dissociative techniques separated ammonium chloride into hydrochloric acid and ammonia.
  3. (psychology) related to or caused by dissociation or dissociative disorders
    He had to take a few weeks off school after a dissociative episode.

Related terms

  1. dissociate
  2. dissociation


dissociative (plural dissociatives)

  1. a dissociative drug


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