reinforcement

[ ree-in-fawrs-muh nt, -fohrs- ]
/ ˌri ɪnˈfɔrs mənt, -ˈfoʊrs- /

noun

the act of reinforcing.
the state of being reinforced.
something that reinforces or strengthens.
Often reinforcements. an additional supply of personnel, ships, aircraft, etc., for a military force.
a system of steel bars, strands, wires, or mesh for absorbing the tensile and shearing stresses in concrete work.
Psychology.
  1. a procedure, as a reward or punishment, that alters a response to a stimulus.
  2. the act of reinforcing a response.

Origin of reinforcement

First recorded in 1600–10; reinforce + -ment
Related formsnon·re·in·force·ment, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-reinforcement

reinforcement


n.

c.1600, "act of reinforcing," from reinforce + -ment. Meaning "an augmentation, that which reinforces" is from 1650s. Related: Reinforcements.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for non-reinforcement

reinforcement

[ rē′ĭn-fôrsmənt ]

n.

The act or process of reinforcing.
Something that reinforces.
The occurrence or experimental introduction of an unconditioned stimulus along with a conditioned stimulus.
The strengthening of a conditioned response by such means.
An event, a circumstance, or a condition that increases the likelihood that a given response will recur in a situation like that in which the reinforcing condition originally occurred.
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