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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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As a teacher educator, I first learned about aversives when I was out seeking different field sites for a class about developmental disabilities.
Some students found aversives overused and perceived them to be abusive.
Methods used when implementing aversive intervention include but are not limited to "electric shock, aromatic ammonia, noxious tastes, physical aversives (e.
Sharon Freagon (1990) "To argue the merits of using severe punishment or aversives with any person with developmental disabilities, who exhibits self-injurious behavior or behavior that is a danger to others, is immoral and unethical" (p.
Harris, Handleman, Gill, and Fong (1991) conducted a related study investigating the relationship between use of aversives and job satisfaction in a sample of direct care staff working in programs serving individuals with autism.
Their underlying ethical--and educational--premise is that alternative, less-intrusive methods of intervention are as effective as aversives without their negative side effects.
Certainly the use of electric shock (Carr & Lovaas, 1983) or extraneous aversives, such as water mists or noxious smells (Bailey, 1983), might clearly be termed aversive, in the sense of causing discomfort to the individual.
To name just a few, the application of aversives can make many dogs "shut down" or lose interest in working with their handlers.
Positive training rests solidly on the philosophy that it's more effective and more humane to award primary and secondary reinforcers for desirable behaviors, rather than apply aversives for undesirable ones.
Aversives are easy to identify in the behavior laboratory: the rat runs out of the Skinner box (its real name is "operant conditioning chamber") when shocked by an electrified floor grid; the chimp looks for ways to leave the cage if threatened.
Is it set near something that might expose him to an aversive sound, like the washing machine, buzzer on a clothes dryer, or an alarm of some kind?
Be sensitive to aversive environments you can avoid; walk your dog morning and evening on very hot days.