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

Definition of decondition

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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First Known Use of decondition

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Decondition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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transitive verb
de·​con·​di·​tion | \ ˌdē-kən-ˈdish-ən How to pronounce decondition (audio) \

Medical Definition of decondition

1 : to cause to lose physical fitness inactivity deconditions a bedridden person
2 : to cause extinction of (a conditioned response)


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