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

  • n. The process of habituating or the state of being habituated.
  • n. Physiological tolerance to a drug resulting from repeated use.
  • n. Psychological dependence on a drug.
  • n. Psychology The decline of a conditioned response following repeated exposure to the conditioned stimulus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of habituating, or accustoming; the state of being habituated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of habituating, or accustoming; the state of being habituated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of habituating, or the state of being habituated.

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

  • n. a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions
  • n. being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)


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