Definitions for reinforcementˌri ɪnˈfɔrs mənt, -ˈfoʊrs-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•in•force•mentˌri ɪnˈfɔrs mənt, -ˈfoʊrs-(n.)

  1. the act of reinforcing; the state of being reinforced.

  2. something that reinforces or strengthens.

  3. Often, reinforcements. an additional supply of personnel, ships, aircraft, etc., for a military force.

    Category: Military

  4. a procedure, as a reward or punishment, that alters a behavioral response.

    Category: Psychology, Cognition

Origin of reinforcement:

1600–10

Princeton's WordNet

  1. support, reinforcement, reenforcement(noun)

    a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission

    "they called for artillery support"

  2. reinforcement, reenforcement(noun)

    information that makes more forcible or convincing

    "his gestures provided eloquent reinforcement for his complaints"

  3. reinforcing stimulus, reinforcer, reinforcement(noun)

    (psychology) a stimulus that strengthens or weakens the behavior that produced it

  4. strengthener, reinforcement(noun)

    a device designed to provide additional strength

    "the cardboard backing was just a strengthener"; "he used gummed reinforcements to hold the page in his notebook"

  5. reward, reinforcement(noun)

    an act performed to strengthen approved behavior

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. reinforcement(noun)ˌri ɪnˈfɔrs mənt, -ˈfoʊrs-

    the process of reinforcing

    homework for reinforcement of learning

  2. reinforcementˌri ɪnˈfɔrs mənt, -ˈfoʊrs-

    extra soldiers sent to support troops already fighting

    We sent reinforcements.

Wiktionary

  1. reinforcement(Noun)

    The act or state of reinforcing or being reinforced.

  2. reinforcement(Noun)

    A thing that reinforces.

  3. reinforcement(Noun)

    Additional troops or materiel sent to support a military action.

  4. reinforcement(Noun)

    The process whereby a behavior with desirable consequences comes to be repeated.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reinforcement(noun)

    see Reenforcement

Freebase

  1. Reinforcement

    In behavioral psychology, reinforcement is a strengthening of a specific behavior due to its association with a stimulus. Reinforcement is an important part of operant or instrumental conditioning. A reinforcer is the stimulus that strengthens the behavior, in contrast to punishment that weakens the behavior. The effect of reinforcement may be measured as an increase in the frequency of its expression, duration, magnitude, or decrease in latency. Although in many cases a reinforcing stimulus is a rewarding stimulus which is "valued" or "liked" by the individual, this is not a requirement. Indeed, reinforcement does not even require an individual to consciously perceive an effect elicited by the stimulus. Furthermore, stimuli that are "rewarding" or "liked" are not always reinforcing: if an individual eats at McDonald's and likes the taste of the food, but believes it is bad for their health, they may not eat it again and thus it was not reinforcing in that condition. Thus, reinforcement can only be assumed if there is a causal link between the stimulus and the enhancement of behavior.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

reinforcement(noun)

the act of reinforcing.

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