self-reinforcing

adjective
self-re·​in·​forc·​ing | \ ˌself-ˌrē-ən-ˈfȯr-siŋ, How to pronounce self-reinforcing (audio) \

Definition of self-reinforcing

: tending or serving to strengthen itself : reinforcing itself According to this thinking, a self-reinforcing feedback loop—bigger brains, better tools, more food—drove forward the process of human evolution.— Michael Rothschild Just as many negative behaviors are self-reinforcing, we often view related positive behaviors as more trouble than they're worth.— Colleen Dunn Bates

First Known Use of self-reinforcing

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-reinforcing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-reinforcing. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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