Definition of appetitive in English:



  • Characterized by a natural desire to satisfy bodily needs.

    ‘the appetitive behaviour of animals’
    • ‘Incentive behavior consists of appetitive and consummatory responses and generally proceeds from the appetitive phase to the consummatory phase.’
    • ‘In particular, because dopamine bestows an appetitive value on behavior, it will alter behavior in ways that cannot be predicted as a function of a consideration of perceptual events alone.’
    • ‘There are different types of interest, for example, ethical, instrumental, and appetitive.’
    • ‘The greatest good, the genuine good, is not the sum of appetitive desires.’
    • ‘Cardiac rate may be a relatively nonspecific indicator of appetitive or aversive arousal in animals confronted with salient valanced stimuli.’
    • ‘The response is typically enhanced during aversive emotions and diminished during appetitive emotions.’
    • ‘Didn't colonialist desire dress up its determinate lack as universal and symbolic Lack and thereby justify its appetitive objectification of ‘the colony?’’
    • ‘In an earlier study we used Achilles tendon reflex modulation as a measure for somatic motor preparation in response to sexual appetitive stimuli.’
    • ‘It's the difference between consummatory and appetitive behavior - to have an appetite, we must seek out food and water, not just consume it when it's placed in front of us.’
    • ‘In reiteration of the second Noble Truth, Buddhism teaches that this is where the mechanism of the karmic process lies: in one's appetitive cravings and desires, one's intentional state of mind.’
    • ‘It does so by deciding the alternative expressions of appetitive and avoidance behaviors on the basis of motivational state and associative learning.’
    • ‘The appetitive urge or craving to engage in an ultimately self-destructive behavior represents both a central feature of addiction and an important target for clinical intervention.’
    • ‘The readymade can be seen as a limit case of the aesthetic - its near reductio ad absurdum - which forces us to reflect on the relation of art to the commodity, of the aesthetic to the appetitive.’
    • ‘And, like many appetitive behaviours, smoking is inherently pleasurable and immediately rewarding.’
    • ‘Specifically, ethanol may be used as an odor cue to localize fruit crops, and may function as an appetitive stimulant, facilitating greater consumption of transient nutritional resources.’
    • ‘In addition, he is generally inclined to share the classical republicans' basic understanding of both virtue and inner freedom in terms of the rational element's rule over the appetitive, passionate element.’
    • ‘A selective pharmacological effect on appetitive sexual behavior in female rats has not been reported previously, and indicates that central melanocortin systems are important in the regulation of female sexual desire.’
    • ‘For Socrates, the appetitive hedonist is a blissfully ignorant Sisyphus forever doomed to the cruel pleasure of scratching a persistent itch.’
    • ‘It is part of the mode of presentation characteristic of appetitive desire that the prospective action or experience one thinks of under an evaluative category should tend to dominate one's conscious experience.’
    • ‘The difference between atypical and typical depression may lie in the degree to which chronic stress sets off the defensive alerting system versus the appetitive system.’
    carnal, fleshly, bodily, physical, sensual
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Mid 16th century: from French appétitif or medieval Latin appetitivus, from appetire ‘seek after’ (see appetite).