[ koun-ter-kuhn-dish-uh-ning ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby counterconditioning Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use counterconditioning in a sentence

  • 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) /

  1. 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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