reciprocal inhibition


noun Psychiatry.

the theory that the pairing of an anxiety-provoking stimulus with anxiety-reducing reactions will weaken the association between the stimulus and the anxiety.

Nearby words

  1. recipience,
  2. recipiency,
  3. recipient,
  4. reciprocal,
  5. reciprocal exchange,
  6. reciprocal insurance,
  7. reciprocal leveling,
  8. reciprocal transfusion,
  9. reciprocal translocation,
  10. reciprocate

Origin of reciprocal inhibition

First recorded in 1905–10

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