FREE VARIATION By N., Pam M.S. - May 11, 2013 Linguistics. the state where variant forms of the same linguistic unit appear on an apparently random basis. Used in phonology where a person may not articulate the final stop consonant of a word. FREE VARIATION: "Joe used free variation when talking to mates at work." Related Psychology Terms ASSOCIATION VALUE GENETIC LINGUISTICS GRAMMAR ARBITRARY SYMBOL MALAPROPISM PRAGMATICS BETWEEN-SUBJECTS DESIGN FREE MORPHEME SIGNIFIER UNIQUENESS Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "FREE VARIATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/free-variation/ (accessed October 23, 2020).