physiological tolerance to or psychological dependence on a drug, short of addiction.
reduction of psychological or behavioral response occurring when a specific stimulus occurs repeatedly.
Origin of habituation
late Middle English. See habituate
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Related Words for habituationrepetition
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British Dictionary definitions for habituation
the act or process of habituating
psychol the temporary waning of an innate response that occurs when it is elicited many times in successionCompare extinction (def. 6)
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Word Origin and History for habituation
mid-15c., from Medieval Latin habituationem, noun of action from habituare (see habituate (v.)).
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The process of habituating or the state of being habituated.
Physiological tolerance to a drug resulting from repeated use.
Psychological dependence on a drug.
The decline of a conditioned response following repeated exposure to the conditioned stimulus.
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The gradual decline of a response to a stimulus resulting from repeated exposure to the stimulus.
Physiological tolerance for a drug resulting from repeated use.
Psychological dependence on a drug resulting from repeated use.
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