Definitions for aversiveəˈvɜr sɪv, -zɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•ver•siveəˈvɜr sɪv, -zɪv(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to aversion.

    Category: Psychology

  2. of or pertaining to aversive conditioning.

    Category: Psychology

  3. (n.)a reprimand, punishment, or agent used in aversive conditioning.

    Category: Psychology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aversive(adj)

    tending to repel or dissuade

    "aversive conditioning"


  1. aversive(Noun)

    A grammatical case indicating that something is avoided or feared; the evitative case.

  2. aversive(Noun)

    An unpleasant stimulus intended to induce a change in behaviour.

  3. aversive(Adjective)

    Tending to repel, causing avoidance (of a situation, a behaviour, an item, etc),

  4. aversive(Adjective)

    Avoidance that can be taught through the use of stimulus that either punish or reinforces.


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