Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Psychology To cause (a conditioned response, such as a phobia) to become extinct.
  • transitive v. To cause to decline from a condition of physical fitness, as through a prolonged period of inactivity or, in astronauts, through weightlessness in space.
  • intransitive v. To lose physical fitness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To adapt to a less demanding environment than that to which one was previously conditioned.

Etymologies

de- +‎ condition (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Because of this, if you don't stay somewhat active, you'll decondition and lose function.

    Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.: Parenting When You Have Fibromyalgia

  • It made me ambitious, this look, eager to decondition the episode, make it intimate and real.

    Underworld

  • The disciplines of yoga were designed to destroy the unconscious impediments to enlightenment and to decondition the human personality.

    Buddha

  • One of the students held up his hand; and though he could see quite well why you couldn't have lower-cast people wasting the Community's time over books, and that there was always the risk of their reading something which might undesirably decondition one of their reflexes, yet … well, he couldn't understand about the flowers.

    Brave New World

  • It was the sort of idea that might easily decondition the more unsettled minds among the higher castes–make them lose their faith in happiness as the Sovereign Good and take to believing, instead, that the goal was somewhere beyond, somewhere outside the present human sphere, that the purpose of life was not the maintenance of well-being, but some intensification and refining of consciousness, some enlargement of knowledge.

    Brave New World

  • He made arrangements to decondition Javo, the Number Two Oman

    Masters of Space

  • Until then he may very well have been trying to decondition his colleagues, which was his avowed intention in returning. "

    The False Mirror

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