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 (ə-vûr′sĭv, -zĭv)
Causing avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior by using an unpleasant or punishing stimulus, as in techniques of behavior modification.

a·ver′sive·ly adv.
a·ver′sive·ness n.


tending to dissuade or repel
aˈversively adv


(əˈvɜr sɪv, -zɪv)

1. of or pertaining to aversion.
2. of or pertaining to aversive conditioning.
3. a reprimand, punishment, or agent used in aversive conditioning.
a•ver′sive•ly, adv.
a•ver′sive•ness, n.
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Adj.1.aversive - tending to repel or dissuade; "aversive conditioning"
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1999; Vaughan & Tarrier, 1992); high drop-out rates (Schnurr, 2001); the observation that some patients fail to enroll because they are intimidated or may find the treatment too aversive (Rothbaum et al.
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