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Meaning of reciprocal inhibition

recip'rocal inhibi'tion

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— Psychiatry. Psychiatry.
  1. the theory that the pairing of an anxiety-provoking stimulus with anxiety-reducing reactions will weaken the association between the stimulus and the anxiety.
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