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From Latin associātiō, from associāre (perhaps via French association).



association (countable and uncountable, plural associations)

  1. The act of associating.
  2. The state of being associated; a connection to or an affiliation with something.
    • 2012 March-April, Jan Sapp, “Race Finished”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, page 164:
      Few concepts are as emotionally charged as that of race. The word conjures up a mixture of associations—culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution. But is the tragic history of efforts to define groups of people by race really a matter of the misuse of science, the abuse of a valid biological concept?
  3. (statistics) Any relationship between two measured quantities that renders them statistically dependent (but not necessarily causal or a correlation).
  4. A group of persons associated for a common purpose; an organization; society.
  5. (object-oriented programming) Relationship between classes of objects that allows one object instance to cause another to perform an action on its behalf.

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From associer.



association f (plural associations)

  1. association, society, group
  2. (commercial, economic) partnership
  3. association (of related terms, ideas etc.), combination
  4. (object-oriented programming) association

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