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conditioning

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noun con·di·tion·ing \-ˈdi-sh(ə-)niŋ\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of conditioning

  1. 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. 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

  1. the team's excellent physical conditioning

  2. With the proper conditioning, the horse will learn to trust and obey its handler.



1861

First Known Use of conditioning

1861


Medical Dictionary

conditioning

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noun con·di·tion·ing \kən-ˈdish-(ə-)niŋ\

Medical Definition of conditioning

  1. 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. 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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