conditioning

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noun con·di·tion·ing \ kən-ˈdi-sh(ə-)niŋ \

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

  1. the team's excellent physical conditioning

  2. With the proper conditioning, the horse will learn to trust and obey its handler.

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First Known Use of conditioning

1861


CONDITIONING Defined for English Language Learners

conditioning

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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 Dictionary

conditioning

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noun con·di·tion·ing \ kən-ˈdish-(ə-)niŋ \

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 HealthNovember 1982
  • He also got serious about his physical conditioning with a regimen that includes Pilates, weights and cardio training.
  • —Alan ShipnuckSports Illustrated9 Sept. 2002
; also :the resulting state of physical fitness
  • Triathletes maintained their aerobic conditioning while developing new skills and strengthening neglected muscles.
  • —Marlene AdrianShapeSeptember 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 LetterDecember l990
  • … aversive conditioning to tie undesirable actions to unpleasant stimuli and thereby break habits.
  • The New York Times Magazine26 Oct. 1980
— see classical conditioning, operant conditioning


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