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1. The process of habituating or the state of being habituated.
2. Physiological tolerance to a drug resulting from repeated use.
3. Psychology The decline in responsiveness to a stimulus due to repeated exposure.


1. the act or process of habituating
2. (Psychology) psychol the temporary waning of an innate response that occurs when it is elicited many times in succession. Compare extinction6


(həˌbɪtʃ uˈeɪ ʃən)

1. the act of habituating.
2. the condition of being habituated.
3. physiological tolerance to or psychological dependence on a drug, caused by continued use.
4. reduction of psychological or behavioral response to a stimulus as a result of repeated or prolonged exposure.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.habituation - being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)habituation - being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
narcotic - a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state - the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
drug addiction, white plague - an addiction to a drug (especially a narcotic drug)
2.habituation - a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions
accommodation, adjustment, fitting - making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances


n habituación f
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Though, consumed with the hot fire of his purpose, Ahab in all his thoughts and actions ever had in view the ultimate capture of Moby Dick; though he seemed ready to sacrifice all mortal interests to that one passion; nevertheless it may have been that he was by nature and long habituation far too wedded to a fiery whaleman's ways, altogether to abandon the collateral prosecution of the voyage.
His rifle was no old-fashioned Snider, but a modern, repeating Winchester; and he showed habituation to firing it from his shoulder rather than from the hip after the manner of most Malaitans.
This behaviour is the result of total neglect with regards to socialisation and habituation.
merchant preparedness, consumer preparedness, cardholder perceptions, habituation and education.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.
No doubt there is an element of food habituation in the story, but there is something more going on.
We quickly adapt and get used to having new possessions so the novelty wears off - a process called habituation.
One is habituation, the dulling of sexual senses as a couple becomes familiar with each other.
This natural approach plays on the fear instinct of the birds, which short circuits the learning process and prevents habituation.
Visual habituation works wonderfully because it only takes a few minutes and capitalises on what babies do so naturally, which is to rapidly become interested in something new and then rapidly move on to something else.
Noseblindness is the combination of odor adaptation, a decrease in ability to sense odors after initial exposure, and odor habituation, a decrease in sensory awareness towards a fixed familiar signal within the environment," said Dr.
Several middle chapters dispense practical advice regarding skill acquisition and psychological habituation to delegation, financial accounting, risk management, and decision making under conditions of conflict.