[ koun-ter-kuh n-dish-uh-ning ]
/ ˌkaʊn tər kənˈdɪʃ ə nɪŋ /

noun Psychology.

the extinction of an undesirable response to a stimulus through the introduction of a more desirable, often incompatible, response.

Origin of counterconditioning

First recorded in 1960–65; counter- + conditioning Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for counterconditioning

  • If he could live through it, countermeasures could be taken, counterconditioning could be set up.

    The Status Civilization|Robert Sheckley

British Dictionary definitions for counterconditioning


/ (ˌkaʊntəkənˈdɪʃənɪŋ) /


psychol the conditioning of a response that is incompatible with some previously learned response; for example, in psychotherapy an anxious person might be taught relaxation, which is incompatible with anxiety
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Medicine definitions for counterconditioning


[ koun′tər-kən-dĭshə-nĭng ]


Any of a group of conditioning techniques used to replace a negative conditioned response to a stimulus with a positive response.
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