from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To remove from association; separate: "Marx never dissociated man from his social environment” ( Sidney Hook).
- transitive v. Chemistry To cause to undergo dissociation.
- intransitive v. To cease associating; part.
- intransitive v. Biology To mutate or change morphologically, often reversibly.
- intransitive v. Chemistry To undergo dissociation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make unrelated; to sever a connection; to separate.
- v. To part; to stop associating.
- v. To separate compounds into simpler component parts, usually by applying heat or through electrolysis.
- v. To undergo dissociation.
- v. To undergo dissociation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To separate from fellowship or union; to disunite; to disjoin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sever the association or connection of; dissever; disunite; separate.
- In chem., to separate the elements of; decompose by dissociation.
- To undergo dissociation; of an electrolyte in solution, to separate into ions some possessing positive and some negative electric charges, and capable of conveying an electric current by their motion through the solution with these charges.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to undergo a reversible or temporary breakdown of a molecule into simpler molecules or atoms
- v. regard as unconnected
- v. part; cease or break association with
There are also a percentage of people who have to dissociate from the realities of what they are doing to survive.
I finished the book dissatisfied because there were too many questions left unanswered, I had to completely dissociate from the movie to grade it on it's own merit.
In addition, because of past traumatic experiences, many of these people have acquired an ability to dissociate, that is, to cut off their feelings and bodily sensations, including feelings of physical pain.
The Commission has now ordered Interpal to "dissociate" itself from the Union for Good.
Regarding my question about what you consider to be sufficient to "dissociate", your answer appears to be to change some labels.
When we are frightened, shocked, confused, hurt, worried, wounded, we go into what clinicians call "altered states" in which we "dissociate" slightly (or in some cases, a great deal) from our environments.
But as consciousness rises in the scale of evolution, man begins to "dissociate" his idea of "me" from the body and he begins to regard his body as a beloved companion and as "belonging to" him.
Then he again begins to "dissociate" himself from his emotions and feelings and at last through mental analysis, introspection and concentration, he sets them apart into the
Rubenstein maintains that the most experienced dancers can "dissociate" partner dancing and sexuality, because as she says, dance can have its own life as an art form.
One internal solution for coping with an overwhelming traumatic event is to deny its existence; i.e., to dissociate from the painful truth and proceed as though it didn't happen.