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desensitization

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  • n. The act or process of desensitizing, of dulling or reducing sensation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the process of reducing or eliminating sensitivity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of reducing sensitivity

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Examples

  • The desensitization is the other thing, where they see it over and over, after a while, it stops having a real emotional impact.

    CNN Transcript Feb 8, 2003

  • More serious cases will receive what Burghardt calls "desensitization counter-conditioning," which entails exposing the dog at a safe distance to a sight or sound that might trigger a reaction - a gunshot, a loud bang or a vehicle, for instance.

    The Seattle Times

  • The fact that he finds it necessary to take refuge to foaming rhetoric is based on something that biologists call desensitization, i.e. a drug loosing its effect due to overuse, so that in a vicious cycle higher and higer doses are needed to elicit less and less of an effect.

    MoJo Blogs and Articles

  • Hence the need for the new kidney match-making called desensitization aimed at patients like Preloh who otherwise might not get a chance at a new organ.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • The process that is then used is called desensitization and that is basically replacing a bad experience or habit with a good one.

    Quit Smoking Tobacco

  • (The fancy word for this is "desensitization", but better to avoid it.)

    You Are In Control--Scary, Right?

  • Sex educators (before the abstinence only people made them stop talking about sex at all, which is a whole other story), use a technique called "desensitization" to help people get to where they can talk sensibly about previously verboten facts such as the proper names for body parts.

    Gloria Feldt: Memo About Hillary Clinton: Guys, Get Over It

  • COOPER LAWRENCE, DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGIST: Let ` s be clear what the word "desensitization" means in this context.

    CNN Transcript Apr 17, 2007

  • You know, this kind of desensitization to violence is definitely not something unique to this country.

    CNN Transcript Oct 3, 2006

  • The main treatment for hoplophobia is the psychological process known as "desensitization," the same methodology used for people with fear of spiders, open spaces or heights.

    BlogWonks

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