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noun, often attrib avoid·ance \ə-ˈvid-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of AVOIDANCE

:  the act or practice of keeping away from or withdrawing from something undesirable <reinforced by escape or avoidance of electric shock—E. S. Katkin & E. N. Murray> <avoidance learning>; especially :  an anticipatory response undertaken to avoid a noxious stimulus <conditioned avoidance in mice>
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