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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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He turns what I take him to understand as the situated Americanness of this term (a term literally applicable to Cavell's father, come to these shores as part of the Jewish diaspora from Eastern Europe) into a generalizing window into how to be human is to be "cast, both with others and with ourselves, between acknowledgement and avoidance, between accepting the common as our home, and aversively asserting our own independence" (237).