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[ree-in-fawrs-muh nt, -fohrs-] /ˌri ɪnˈfɔrs mənt, -ˈfoʊrs-/
the act of reinforcing.
the state of being reinforced.
something that reinforces or strengthens.
Often, reinforcements. an additional supply of personnel, ships, aircraft, etc., for a military force.
a system of steel bars, strands, wires, or mesh for absorbing the tensile and shearing stresses in concrete work.
  1. a procedure, as a reward or punishment, that alters a response to a stimulus.
  2. the act of reinforcing a response.
Origin of reinforcement
1600-10; reinforce + -ment
Related forms
nonreinforcement, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for reinforcement
  • Animal trainers have long known that positive reinforcement is more effective than negative methods.
  • If it is learned, then it can be unlearned by reinforcement.
  • Micro-suede shoulder patches add extra reinforcement against wear from pack straps.
  • Cholesterol is vascular reinforcement as a direct result of inflammation.
  • It has fat steel tubes which have extra reinforcement where they join.
  • Steel reinforcement bars twist out of the walls, inside and outside.
  • First, there is the immediate problem of reinforcement.
  • Make sure you know about being the pack leader and use positive reinforcement.
  • Contemporary theories of reinforcement learning are rooted in the dopaminergic reward system.
  • Change the lack of good structural steel reinforcement in walls, columns and ceilings.
Word Origin and History for reinforcement

c.1600, "act of reinforcing," from reinforce + -ment. Meaning "an augmentation, that which reinforces" is from 1650s. Related: Reinforcements.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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reinforcement in Medicine

reinforcement re·in·force·ment (rē'ĭn-fôrs'mənt)

  1. The act or process of reinforcing.

  2. Something that reinforces.

  3. The occurrence or experimental introduction of an unconditioned stimulus along with a conditioned stimulus.

  4. The strengthening of a conditioned response by such means.

  5. An event, a circumstance, or a condition that increases the likelihood that a given response will recur in a situation like that in which the reinforcing condition originally occurred.

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