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re·in·force·ment

 (rē′ĭn-fôrs′mənt)
n.
1. The act or process of reinforcing or the state of being reinforced.
2. Something that reinforces.
3. often reinforcements Additional personnel or equipment sent to support a military action.
4. Psychology
a. The occurrence or experimental introduction of an unconditioned stimulus along with a conditioned stimulus.
b. The strengthening of a conditioned response by such means.
c. An event, circumstance, or condition that increases the likelihood that a given response will recur in a situation like that in which the reinforcing condition originally occurred.
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reinforcements

(ˌriːɪnˈfɔːsmənts)
pl n
extra people, esp in the military, police, etc, sent to help
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