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

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Other Words from aversive

aversively adverb
aversiveness noun

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With some 60 likenesses by a notoriously testy, people-aversive artist-rebel, this is the largest gathering of its kind in a century. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 With some 60 likenesses by a notoriously testy, people-aversive artist-rebel, this is the largest gathering of its kind in a century. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 With some 60 likenesses by a notoriously testy, people-aversive artist-rebel, this is the largest gathering of its kind in a century. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 With some 60 likenesses by a notoriously testy, people-aversive artist-rebel, this is the largest gathering of its kind in a century. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 With some 60 likenesses by a notoriously testy, people-aversive artist-rebel, this is the largest gathering of its kind in a century. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 With some 60 likenesses by a notoriously testy, people-aversive artist-rebel, this is the largest gathering of its kind in a century. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 With some 60 likenesses by a notoriously testy, people-aversive artist-rebel, this is the largest gathering of its kind in a century. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 When most people look at pictures designed to elicit an aversive reaction, such as of a cockroach, the brain’s insula lights up with activity. Helen Thomson, WSJ, "Strange Stories of Extraordinary Brains—and What We Can Learn From Them," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of aversive

1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aversive

see averse

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The first known use of aversive was in 1911

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aversive

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

Medical Definition of aversive 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from aversive

aversively adverb
aversiveness noun

aversive

noun

Medical Definition of aversive (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 Holden, Science, 31 Aug. 1990

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