Definition of conditioning
1 : the process of training to become physically fit by a regimen of exercise, diet, and rest; also : the resulting state of physical fitness
2 : a simple form of learning involving the formation, strengthening, or weakening of an association between a stimulus and a response
Examples of conditioning in a sentence
the team's excellent physical conditioning
With the proper conditioning, the horse will learn to trust and obey its handler.
First Known Use of conditioning
CONDITIONING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conditioning for English Language Learners
: the process of becoming stronger and healthier by following a regular exercise program and diet
: the act or process of training a person or animal to do something or to behave in a certain way in a particular situation
Medical Definition of conditioning
1: the process of training to become physically fit by a regimen of exercise, diet, and rest <Good shoes and proper conditioning are the best bets for avoiding shin splints.—Current Health, November 1982> <He also got serious about his physical conditioning with a regimen that includes Pilates, weights and cardio training.—Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, 9 Sept. 2002>; also : the resulting state of physical fitness <Triathletes maintained their aerobic conditioning while developing new skills and strengthening neglected muscles.—Marlene Adrian, Shape, September 1991>
2: a simple form of learning involving the formation, strengthening, or weakening of an association between a stimulus and a response <According to the theory, learning or conditioning is the process by which behavior is systematically and lastingly changed.—Harvard Mental Health Letter, December l990> <… aversive conditioning to tie undesirable actions to unpleasant stimuli and thereby break habits.—The New York Times Magazine, 26 Oct. 1980>—see classical conditioning, operant conditioning
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