aversion therapy

noun

Definition of aversion therapy

: therapy intended to suppress an undesirable habit or behavior (such as smoking) by associating the habit or behavior with a noxious or punishing stimulus (such as electric shock)

Examples of aversion therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was based on the psychological principle of aversion therapy. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 17 Aug. 2020 It was based on the psychological principle of aversion therapy. cleveland, 17 Aug. 2020 Patients of aversion therapy were also sometimes dosed with nausea-inducing drugs, Dr. Haldeman says. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, 7 Aug. 2018 The sentence proves a mixed bag for Cameron, who is subjected to all sorts of aversion therapy (including Christian rock songs), but also finds emotional support among her fellow campers. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, 2 May 2018 Marzonie said conversion therapy is often associated with aversion therapy, an extreme form of the practice that involves inflicting pain or physical discomfort such as electro-shock therapy. NBC News, 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of aversion therapy

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Aversion therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aversion%20therapy. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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aversion therapy

noun

Medical Definition of aversion therapy

: therapy intended to suppress an undesirable habit or behavior (as smoking or overeating) by associating the habit or behavior with a noxious or punishing stimulus (as an electric shock)

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