Meaning of dissociative in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈsəʊʃɪətɪv/ /dɪˈsəʊsɪətɪv/


  • 1Causing disconnection or separation.

    ‘the dissociative force of scepticism has been constantly at work in all of Europe's great ages’
    • ‘The music video celebrates the band's abrasiveness with dissociative fade outs and a muted color palette.’
    • ‘The website is the vessel into which his torrent of hilarious, dissociative ideas flows.’
    • ‘It's a completely dissociative view of American politics—that there are these corrupt, tone-deaf politicans totally unconnected to the caring, compassionate person.’
    • ‘All I absorb in my unconscious comes out eventually in a dissociative flow.’
    • ‘They may also recognize dissociative groups with which they would not wish to associate, and thus they behave adversely with regard to that group.’
    • ‘There's a moral somewhere in that story about the dissociative effect of technology on musicians and music.’
    • ‘You may chuckle at the sheer disassociative randomness of what you're watching; the inexplicability of this show is nothing if not ridiculous.’
    1. 1.1Psychiatry Denoting or relating to a disorder in which normally related mental processes are separated.
      ‘it is imperative for future research to determine whether dissociative disorders are exclusively related to trauma’
      • ‘She specializes in the treatment of dissociative disorders and complex trauma.’
      • ‘The shock and dissociative psychological trauma she goes through is understandable once the full magnitude of her situation is revealed.’
      • ‘They skillfully refuted an expert witness's notion that Marsh had been in a ‘dream-like dissociative state’.’
      • ‘People commonly confuse dissociative identity disorder with schizophrenia; unlike schizophrenia, the afflicted individual is not imagining external voices.’
      • ‘Dr. Spiegel says that those with dissociative fugue frequently don't know who they are, where they are, or where they are supposed to be.’
      • ‘I was so anxious that I frequently experienced dissociative episodes, and ran out of my first exam while experiencing the worst panic attack of my life.’
      • ‘The forensic psychiatrist said people under severe stress often don't seem manic and are oddly calm or dissociative.’
      • ‘Now that Liam's getting bits and pieces of that night, a dissociative amnesia explanation makes a lot of sense.’
      • ‘Her mother related that her daughter, who has dissociative seizures, was becoming depressed and was constantly in tears.’
      • ‘To go into a dissociative state is not the same as zoning out on the commute into work; it was like diving headfirst into a pool, knowing that you can't swim.’
  • 2Chemistry
    Causing a molecule to split into separate smaller atoms, ions, or molecules, especially in a way that is reversible.

    ‘the dynamics of dissociative electron transfer’
    • ‘Hydrogen molecules move after they are ionized into protons and electrons after dissociative adsorption into hydrogen atoms.’
    • ‘The decarboxylation of mandelylthiamin is subject to general base catalysis, an outcome that is inconsistent with the expected dissociative transition state.’
    • ‘In specific cases , this deposition step has been shown to proceed via dissociative electron attachment , involving low-energy secondary electrons.’
    • ‘Depending on the size of the olefin, the reaction follows either a dissociative or associative mechanism.’
    • ‘The dissociative oxygen repels the water molecules formed from the surface hydroxyls and refills the oxygen vacancies on the surface of titania.’
    • ‘A hypothetical outer-sphere electron transfer should occur by concerted dissociative electron transfer.’
    • ‘A newly implemented dissociative water model has been applied to treat the interactions.’
    • ‘One- and two-photon excitation of halide anions in polar molecular solvents results in electron detachment from the dissociative charge-transfer-to-solvent state.’
    • ‘The double dissociative photoionization of CO2 and C2H2 molecules has been studied by using synchrotron radiation.’
    • ‘The N2+ reactant only undergoes dissociative charge transfer reactions with CH4.’