Simple Definition of conditioning
: the process of becoming stronger and healthier by following a regular exercise program and diet
: the act or process of training a person or animal to do something or to behave in a certain way in a particular situation
Full Definition of conditioning
1 : the process of training to become physically fit by a regimen of exercise, diet, and rest; also : the resulting state of physical fitness
2 : a simple form of learning involving the formation, strengthening, or weakening of an association between a stimulus and a response
Examples of conditioning in a sentence
the team's excellent physical conditioning
With the proper conditioning, the horse will learn to trust and obey its handler.
First Known Use of conditioning
Medical Definition of conditioning
1: the process of training to become physically fit by a regimen of exercise, diet, and rest <Good shoes and proper conditioning are the best bets for avoiding shin splints.—Current Health, November 1982> <He also got serious about his physical conditioning with a regimen that includes Pilates, weights and cardio training.—Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, 9 Sept. 2002>; also : the resulting state of physical fitness <Triathletes maintained their aerobic conditioning while developing new skills and strengthening neglected muscles.—Marlene Adrian, Shape, September 1991>
2: a simple form of learning involving the formation, strengthening, or weakening of an association between a stimulus and a response <According to the theory, learning or conditioning is the process by which behavior is systematically and lastingly changed.—Harvard Mental Health Letter, December l990> <… aversive conditioning to tie undesirable actions to unpleasant stimuli and thereby break habits.—The New York Times Magazine, 26 Oct. 1980>—see classical conditioning, operant conditioning
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