behaviourism /bɪˈheɪvjərɪz(ə)m / ‹US› behaviorism

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I. noun [ mass noun]

1.
[Psychology] the theory that human and animal behaviour can be explained in terms of conditioning, without appeal to thoughts or feelings, and that psychological disorders are best treated by altering behaviour patterns.
2.
[Psychology] treatment involving the practical application of the theory of behaviourism.
II. derivatives

1. behaviourist /bɪˈheɪvjərɪst /
noun, adjective


2. behaviouristic
adjective


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