behaviorist

noun be·hav·ior·ist \ -vyə-rist \
|Updated on: 9 Jun 2018

Definition of behaviorist

1 : a person who advocates or practices behaviorism
2 : a person who specializes in the study of behavior
  • an animal behaviorist

behaviorist

adjective

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First Known Use of behaviorist

1913

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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behaviorist

noun be·hav·ior·ist
variants: or chiefly British behaviourist play \-rəst\

medical Definition of behaviorist

1 : a person who advocates or practices behaviorism
2 : a person who specializes in the study of behavior
  • Animal behaviorists are often consulted regarding such problems as aggression, self-mutilation, food aversion and inappropriate urination or defecation.
  • —Tom EwingDog WatchJanuary 2009

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behaviorist

adjective

medical Definition of behaviorist

: of or relating to behaviorism
  • behaviorist psychology

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