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reciprocal inhibition

noun, Psychiatry.
1.
the theory that the pairing of an anxiety-provoking stimulus with anxiety-reducing reactions will weaken the association between the stimulus and the anxiety.
Origin of reciprocal inhibition
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10
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