[ree-in-fawrs-muh nt, -fohrs-]
- 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.
- a procedure, as a reward or punishment, that alters a response to a stimulus.
- the act of reinforcing a response.
Origin of reinforcement
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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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