aversive

adjective aver·sive \ ə-ˈvər-siv , -ziv \

Definition of aversive

: tending to avoid or causing avoidance of a noxious or punishing stimulus
  • behavior modification by aversive stimulation

aversively

adverb

aversiveness

noun

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Origin and Etymology of aversive

see averse


Medical Dictionary

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aversive

adjective aver·sive \ ə-ˈvər-siv, -ziv \

medical Definition of aversive

: tending to avoid or causing avoidance of a noxious or punishing stimulus
  • behavior modification by aversive conditioning

aversively

adverb

aversiveness

noun

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aversive

noun

medical Definition of aversive

: a noxious or punishing stimulus used to suppress an undesirable behavior or habit
  • Aversives enter the picture because, although many “positive” (nonpunitive) methods for stopping self-injurious behaviors have been developed, they don't work in all cases.
  • —Constance HoldenScience31 Aug. 1990


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