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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.
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tending to dissuade or repel
aˈversively adv
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(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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Physical pain and the goal of aversively stimulated aggression.
Not one but in countless cases where Nigeria presidency's proposals have been aversively rejected in the hands of our senators and honourables.
Pineno, "Enhanced consumption of an aversively conditioned taste following the presentation of a "medicine" taste, " Behavioural Processes, vol.
Ectonucleotidase activities may be involved in the early events related to memory acquisition and consolidation of an aversively motivated learning task [135, 136].
Ardenghi et al., "Involvement of hippocampal cAMP/cAMP-dependent protein kinase signaling pathways in a late memory consolidation phase of aversively motivated learning in rats," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol.
McAllister, "Fear theory and aversively motivated behavior: some controversial issues," 1991.
Social standing has profound ramifications for success, perhaps especially so in the academy where affiliations, collegiality, and collaborations are highly valued, and men faculty may find gender-equity advocacy to be aversively risky.
Infant cries may contribute to the perception that an infant is behaving aversively, especially during episodes when infants are difficult to soothe.
Robert Watson said "is it because it's a disease, or is it because we are using insecticide and pesticides neo nicotinoid that are aversively affecting the health of the bees."
Nilsson, (Eds.), Aversion, avoidance, and anxiety: Perspectives on aversively motivated behavior (pp.
The effects of aversively handling pigs either individually or in groups on their behaviour, growth and corticosteroids.