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[koun-ter-kuh n-dish-uh-ning] /ˌkaʊn tər kənˈdɪʃ ə nɪŋ/
noun, Psychology.
the extinction of an undesirable response to a stimulus through the introduction of a more desirable, often incompatible, response.
Origin of counterconditioning
First recorded in 1960-65; counter- + conditioning Unabridged
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  • If he could live through it, countermeasures could be taken, counterconditioning could be set up.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
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(psychol) the conditioning of a response that is incompatible with some previously learned response; for example, in psychotherapy an anxious person might be taught relaxation, which is incompatible with anxiety
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counterconditioning in Medicine

counterconditioning coun·ter·con·di·tion·ing (koun'tər-kən-dĭsh'ə-nĭng)
Any of a group of conditioning techniques used to replace a negative conditioned response to a stimulus with a positive response.

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