aversive

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English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

aversive (comparative more aversive, superlative most aversive)

  1. Tending to repel, causing avoidance (of a situation, a behaviour, an item, etc),

Noun[edit]

aversive (countable and uncountable, plural aversives)

  1. (grammar, uncountable) A grammatical case indicating that something is avoided or feared; the evitative case.
  2. (psychology, countable) An unpleasant stimulus intended to induce a change in behaviour.

References[edit]

  • Skinner, B. F. (1969) Contingencies of Reinforcement. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts