1. the act of reinforcing.
  2. the state of being reinforced.
  3. something that reinforces or strengthens.
  4. Often reinforcements. an additional supply of personnel, ships, aircraft, etc., for a military force.
  5. a system of steel bars, strands, wires, or mesh for absorbing the tensile and shearing stresses in concrete work.
  6. Psychology.
    1. a procedure, as a reward or punishment, that alters a response to a stimulus.
    2. the act of reinforcing a response.

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

  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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