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aversive

[ uh-vur-siv, -ziv ]
/ əˈvɜr sɪv, -zɪv /
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adjective
of or relating to aversion.
of or relating to aversive conditioning.
noun
a reprimand, punishment, or agent, used in aversive conditioning: Antabuse is a commonly used aversive in the treatment of alcoholism.
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Origin of aversive

First recorded in 1590–1600; avers(ion) + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM aversive

a·ver·sive·ly, adverba·ver·sive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for aversive

aversive
/ (əˈvɜːsɪv) /

adjective
tending to dissuade or repel

Derived forms of aversive

aversively, adverb
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Medical definitions for aversive

aversive
[ ə-vûrsĭv, -zĭv ]

adj.
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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