Jira issue originally created by user romanb:
The discussion about this was brought up by DC-41. After checking the behavior of other ORMs (notably Hibernate), already fetched associations should not be overridden by subsequent queries, just like with other persistent state of already fetched entities. This saves performance and can assure a better integrity of the object model in-memory.
Entities and their associations that are already in-memory should only be refreshed if this is done explicitly either through EntityManager#refresh($entity) or through using the Query::HINT_REFRESH query hint on any query.
Comment created by romanb:
This behavior is already correct for single-valued associations but not for collections. Needs to be fixed in ObjectHydrator.
Issue was closed with resolution "Fixed"