Definition of aversive in English:


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  • 1Causing strong dislike or disinclination.

    ‘an aversive agent is added, which gives the antifreeze an unpleasant taste’
    • ‘the very thought of cheating or acting immorally is deeply aversive for the virtuous character’
    1. 1.1Relating to or denoting aversion therapy, a type of behavior therapy designed to make patients give up an undesirable habit by causing them to associate it with an unpleasant effect.
      ‘a program of aversive treatment for criminal offenders’
      • ‘the parents informed the legislators about how aversive therapy saved their child's life’



/əˈvərsiv/ /əˈvərsɪv/