[uh-vur-siv, -ziv]


of or relating to aversion.
of or relating to aversive conditioning.


a reprimand, punishment, or agent, used in aversive conditioning: Antabuse is a commonly used aversive in the treatment of alcoholism.

Origin of aversive

First recorded in 1590–1600; avers(ion) + -ive
Related formsa·ver·sive·ly, adverba·ver·sive·ness, noun
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tending to dissuade or repel
Derived Formsaversively, adverb
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