reinforcer

noun
re·​in·​forc·​er | \ˌrē-ən-ˈfȯr-sər \

Definition of reinforcer 

: a stimulus (such as a reward or the removal of an electric shock) that increases the probability of a desired response in operant conditioning by being applied or effected following the desired response

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Clicking on a link gives a quick little reinforcer. Rob Tutton, Health.com, "The Surprisingly Easy Trick That Can Help You Use Your Phone a Little Bit Less," 14 June 2018

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1890, in the meaning defined above

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reinforcer

noun
re·​in·​forc·​er | \-ˈfōr-sər, -ˈfȯr- \

Medical Definition of reinforcer 

: a stimulus (as a reward or removal of an electric shock) that increases the probability of a desired response in operant conditioning by being applied or removed following the desired response

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