[ uh-vur-siv, -ziv ]
/ əˈvɜr sɪv, -zɪv /
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a reprimand, punishment, or agent, used in aversive conditioning: Antabuse is a commonly used aversive in the treatment of alcoholism.
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OTHER WORDS FROM aversivea·ver·sive·ly, adverba·ver·sive·ness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for aversive
That attitude has no doubt influenced whether these experiences are pleasurable or aversive.
Here he found a most congenial orbit, for his tastes were aversive to the rough and tumble of political strife.Makers and Romance of Alabama History|B. F. Riley
British Dictionary definitions for aversive
/ (əˈvɜːsɪv) /
tending to dissuade or repel
Derived forms of aversiveaversively, adverb
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Medical definitions for aversive
[ ə-vûr′sĭv, -zĭv ]
Causing avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior by using an unpleasant or punishing stimulus, as in techniques of behavior modification.
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