Origin of habituation
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Examples from the Web for habituation
The overcoming of this resistance is a phenomenon of habituation.The Mind and Its Education
George Herbert Betts
How indeed could a sickness, become a habituation, or be a reason?
If such a habituation be identical among all, it is a synonym.
It introduces the conceptions of fatigue, practice, and habituation.Essays in Experimental Logic
It was only by practice and habituation that men could become either virtuous or wise.Locke
- the act or process of habituating
- psychol the temporary waning of an innate response that occurs when it is elicited many times in successionCompare extinction (def. 6)
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Word Origin and History for habituation
mid-15c., from Medieval Latin habituationem, noun of action from habituare (see habituate (v.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The process of habituating or the state of being habituated.
- Physiological tolerance to a drug resulting from repeated use.
- Psychological dependence on a drug.
- The decline of a conditioned response following repeated exposure to the conditioned stimulus.
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- The gradual decline of a response to a stimulus resulting from repeated exposure to the stimulus.
- Physiological tolerance for a drug resulting from repeated use.
- Psychological dependence on a drug resulting from repeated use.
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