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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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Denotes type of therapy using unpleasant stimuli that seeks to cause a patient to avoid one or more transgressive behaviors.
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The proposal was rejected aversively. They have power and they wanted to use it.
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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.
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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., 1998a; Inoue et al, 2006).
Applying this insight to the previous example, it is likely that one's defensive posturing vis-a-vis African-American males may escape notice when aligned with a given field (e.g., within avowed or aversively racist communities).
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task is to explain why women experience nonconsensual sex so aversively:
When conflicts arise, one or both partners may respond aversively by nagging, complaining, distancing, or becoming violent until the other gives in, creating a coercive cycle that each partner contributes to and maintains.