FREE VARIATION By N., Sam M.S. - 5 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 DREAM-STATE (D-STATE, REM- STATE) LANGUAGE (Psycholinguistics) ADOLESCENCE (Theories) TALKING IT OUT JUNG, CARL GUSTAV (1875-1961) MESMER, FRANZ ANTON (1734- 1815) SCHIZOPHRENIA (OTHER TYPES) BRAIN WAVES (Electroencephalogram, EEG) CREATIVITY TESTS EARLY INFANTILE AUTISM Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "FREE VARIATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/free-variation/ (accessed July 3, 2022).