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1Not subject to conditions or to an antecedent condition; unconditional:‘this is love unconditioned in its giving’
- ‘Emerson could neither accept his dependence on things that forever exceeded him nor identify fully with the unconditioned subjectivity that remains at the fringes of awareness.’
- ‘The key to reconciling the radically separate individual with God and the world was suppression of the distinction between God and unconditioned individual subjectivity.’
- ‘This is perhaps what renders an actor mad, seeing in her or himself the subject of a pure possibility, of the eventual and unconditioned emergence of an unknown movement or affect.’
- ‘Natural affections may not provide a sufficient explanation; evolutionary psychologists tell us that parents love children as extensions of themselves rather than as unconditioned ends.’
- ‘‘They impart joy, beauty and much needed unconditioned peace’, says the painter.’
2Relating to or denoting instinctive reflexes or other behaviour not formed or influenced by conditioning or learning:‘an unconditioned response’
instinctive, involuntary, unconscious, reflex, knee-jerk, reflexive, instinctual, subconscious, unconditionedView synonyms
- ‘The responses - casual, unconditioned, and conditioned - depend on the actual absolute level of skin conductance; typically the higher the level, the higher the response amplitude.’
- ‘The skin conductance response (i.e., unconditioned response) to electric shock stimuli does not habituate, even after many trials.’
- ‘Before one can conclude that immune activation differentially affects conditioned and unconditioned behavior, further assessments of these two classes of behavior are necessary.’
- ‘Most researchers evaluating a motivational interpretation of sickness behavior have assessed the effects of sickness on unconditioned behavior, such as food intake.’
- ‘Impulses include what we would call today drives, appetites, instincts, and unconditioned reflexes.’
3Not subjected to a conditioning process:‘waste in its raw, unconditioned form’
- ‘The drywall ceiling serves as the separation between conditioned space and unconditioned space.’
- ‘But don't allow unconditioned leather to get soaking wet, and always condition it afterwards.’
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