dissociate


verb (used with object), dis·so·ci·at·ed, dis·so·ci·at·ing.

  1. to sever the association of (oneself); separate: He tried to dissociate himself from the bigotry in his past.
  2. to subject to dissociation.

verb (used without object), dis·so·ci·at·ed, dis·so·ci·at·ing.

  1. to withdraw from association.
  2. to undergo dissociation.

verb

  1. to break or cause to break the association between (people, organizations, etc)
  2. (tr) to regard or treat as separate or unconnected
  3. to undergo or subject to dissociation
v.

1610s (implied in dissociated), from Latin dissociatus, past participle of dissociare “to separate from companionship, disunite, set at variance,” from dis- “apart” (see dis-) + sociare “to join,” from socius “companion” (see social (adj.)). Attested from 1540s as a past participle adjective meaning “separated.”

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