counterconditioning

noun

coun·​ter·​con·​di·​tion·​ing ˌkau̇n-tər-kən-ˈdi-sh(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce counterconditioning (audio)
: conditioning in order to replace an undesirable response (such as fear) to a stimulus (such as an engagement in public speaking) by a favorable one

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, use gradual desensitization and counterconditioning to help reduce her stress and be better able to manage it in scary situations. Star Tribune, 18 Dec. 2020 Riemer found that at-home counterconditioning was one of the most effective ways to alleviate the dog’s stress. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2020 Dogs who received this counterconditioning were 70 percent less scared during fireworks, on average, than dogs who did not. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterconditioning was in 1962

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Cite this Entry

“Counterconditioning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterconditioning. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

counterconditioning

noun

coun·​ter·​con·​di·​tion·​ing
ˌkau̇nt-ər-kən-ˈdish-(ə-)niŋ
: conditioning in order to replace an undesirable response (as fear) to a stimulus (as an engagement in public speaking) by a favorable one
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