decondition

verb

de·​con·​di·​tion ˌdē-kən-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce decondition (audio)
deconditioned; deconditioning; deconditions

transitive verb

1
: to cause extinction of (a conditioned response)
2
: to cause to lose physical fitness

Examples of decondition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Posting #MeToo stories was a part of a national movement to decondition our society. Sarah Stankorb, Glamour, 15 Oct. 2018 So far there is no firm evidence on whether or not the anti-pyjama initiative is helping to cut hospital stays or any of the consequences of deconditioning, such as falls. The Economist, 14 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of decondition was in 1941

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“Decondition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decondition. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

decondition

transitive verb
de·​con·​di·​tion ˌdē-kən-ˈdish-ən How to pronounce decondition (audio)
1
: to cause to lose physical fitness
inactivity deconditions a bedridden person
2
: to cause extinction of (a conditioned response)
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