Definition of habituation in English:



  • 1The action of habituating or the condition of being habituated.

    • ‘Despite the apparent habituation resulting from years of living with abuse, as the joke implies, the pain has not gone unnoticed.’
    • ‘If habituation were solely responsible for extinction, then conditions during extinction and not during acquisition would alter the speed of extinction.’
    • ‘There's no gradual habituation to the danger zones, only dangerous lunges into the unknown or nothing.’
    • ‘This habituation prevents them from seeing new opportunities for growth.’
    • ‘As the deforestation continues due to the increase in world population, the effect upon habituation is often significant.’
    • ‘However, in July 2001 data collection on the first mixed-species group had to be discontinued because of high levels of poaching in the area, which impeded the progress of habituation and systematic data collection.’
    • ‘We noticed earlier that habituation is not the end but the beginning of the progress toward virtue.’
    • ‘The drop in uptake and habituation is due to the decline in role of government/decmocratic institutions in society, aided and abetted by dominant political parties.’
    • ‘It has never been as painstaking as this habituation process.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's not surprising to find evidence of taming cats and their habituation with human settlements at such an early date.’
    • ‘I guess it will make for an interesting test of habituation.’
    • ‘She treats this habituation as entirely negative, since it's why we lose our appreciation of once-new pleasures.’
    • ‘Social factors include habituation to sex with the partner, and unhappiness with the relationship.’
    • ‘Generally speaking, liturgical practices form persons in the same ways that any practice becomes formative: through habituation and extensive training until the practice becomes part or who one is.’
    • ‘Instead, lower level processes, such as habituation, may contribute.’
    • ‘This can lead to habituation, which in the long run can cause other problems like starvation, public safety risks, accident or death.’
    • ‘However, taken together, the large number of empirical similarities suggests strongly that common processes contribute to habituation and extinction.’
    • ‘The concept of social persons, she argues, dialectically links subjective interiority to the social world by habituation.’
    • ‘To be sure, Aristotle assigns an important role to the development of character through habituation.’
    • ‘The same excitatory process also appears to temporarily reverse long-term habituation.’
    adaptation, adapting, accustoming, accommodation, accommodating, acclimatization, reconciliation, inurement, habituating, familiarization, acculturation, naturalization, assimilation, assimilating, harmonization
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    1. 1.1Psychology The diminishing of a physiological or emotional response to a frequently repeated stimulus.
      • ‘After habituation they were presented with new displays containing either the same number of dots to which they had been habituated or the other number.’
      • ‘Evidence for this hypothesis comes from findings on a faster habituation of the electrodermal responses to tones in hypotensives.’
      • ‘I examined the magnitude of the aggressive response during a habituation phase that consisted of repeating the stimulus period as a continuous loop.’
      • ‘Use of vocalizations with the moving model is particularly effective in preventing habituation to the model alone.’
      • ‘During this habituation period, the licks on either lickometer were recorded but had no consequence.’
      • ‘At first sight, it might seem that habituation is nothing more than some sort of fatigue process in the relevant sensory or motor neural pathways.’
      • ‘If habituation does not occur to stimuli that are presented during extinction, then we would need to explain why it does not.’
      • ‘It is different from habituation in which an individual learns not to respond to a stimulus when no reinforcement follows.’
      • ‘Almost every species studied, from amoeba to man, exhibits some form of habituation when the stimulus is frequently repeated or constantly applied.’
      • ‘In contrast, much evidence that has been gathered in situations that differ strongly from renewal supports the stimulus specificity of habituation.’
      • ‘As a result, conditioned responding should decrease during extinction as habituation occurs to the stimuli that support conditioned responding.’
      • ‘One possible explanation for this finding is that long-term habituation accumulates with successive stimulus exposures and survives the lengthy time between trials.’
      • ‘Theories include a notion of autonomic nervous system dysregulation with an increased ‘tone’, slowed habituation and excessive response.’
      • ‘Furthermore, habituation is relatively stimulus-specific, so that responses to the repeated stimulus are reduced but responses to different, novel stimuli are not.’
      • ‘We can use these simple behaviors and their habituation to ask the infant what she sees, hears, and can learn.’
      • ‘We analyzed data from only the first trial on each pair to minimize any effects of habituation.’
      • ‘This system shows habituation - that is the response of the motor neurons to repeated stimulation of the sensory neurons decreases.’
      • ‘Other studies have suggested that arousal responses may be subject to habituation.’
      • ‘Acute exposure to repetitive hypoxia has been shown to result in habituation that is expressed as a decreased frequency of arousal in response to the same stimulus.’
      • ‘Without entering the interval since manipulation as a covariate in the statistical analyses, the findings can have been seriously biased by differences in the duration of habituation to the novel morphology.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘formation of habit’): from French or from Latin habitatio(n)-, from late Latin habituare (see habituate).