Pavlovian

adjective
Pav·​lov·​i·​an | \ pav-ˈlȯ-vē-ən How to pronounce Pavlovian (audio) , -ˈlō-; -ˈlȯ-fē- How to pronounce Pavlovian (audio) \

Definition of Pavlovian

1 : of or relating to Ivan Pavlov or to his work and theories Pavlovian conditioning
2 : being or expressing a conditioned or predictable reaction : automatic the candidates gave Pavlovian answers

First Known Use of Pavlovian

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pavlovian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pavlovian. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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Pavlovian

adjective
Pav·​lov·​ian | \ pav-ˈlȯ-vē-ən How to pronounce Pavlovian (audio) , -ˈlō-; -ˈlȯ-fē- How to pronounce Pavlovian (audio) \

Medical Definition of Pavlovian

: of or relating to Ivan Pavlov or to his work and theories Pavlovian conditioning

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