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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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McAllister, "Fear theory and aversively motivated behavior: some controversial issues," 1991.
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The effects of aversively handling pigs either individually or in groups on their behaviour, growth and corticosteroids.
Thus, Rule 4 is particularly important for PTSD patients as the therapist may unintentionally punish emotional expression by the client or respond aversively to the point that clients are less likely to present the material openly.
Aversion, avoidance, and anxiety perspectives on aversively motivated behavior.
First, the aversively conditioned odor evokes a frequency change in the local field potential (LFP) oscillations recorded on the surface of the PC, but does not do so if the odor is applied before the conditioning (Kimura et al.
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