from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having power to incite or instigate: as, instigative. suggestions; specifically, noting a type of disposition which achieves ends by inciting others to act.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective arousing to action or rebellion.

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

  • adjective arousing to action or rebellion


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  • The concept of instigative therapy, as I have already noted, reduces the importance of the therapeutic session and, in its place, highlights the primacy of change in the natural environment.

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  • For instance, evident throughout the illustration of goal-oriented extended treatment—and perhaps even more apparent in the briefer variations described earlier—is the influence of what Kanfer 1979 has called the instigative approach to therapy.

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  • The first of these, as Chapter 3 noted, is the notion of instigative therapy, particularly as conceptualized by Kanfer 1979.

    Planned Short-Term Treatment

  • Without the mechanism (from the gene to the behavior, the complete mapping of chain reactions emerging at last in an entrepreneur, step by step) orderly made explicit and directly tested, those very instigative statistical regularities are not science (but they can be ideology/prejudice, can't they?)

    Congenitally Entrepreneurial, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • They will resort to character assassination, name-jacking, then posting instigative posts to allow themselves to be portrayed as martyrs, or just not answer the question.

    Think Progress » ‘Tens of thousands’ turn out to protest Iraq escalation.

  • Your good points are that you are intelligent, instigative, and thoughtful.

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  • Kanfer contends that an instigative approach can avoid many of the difficulties with generalization that have plagued therapeutic practice.

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  • The instigative perspective is heavily dependent, of course, on a means to carry out such attempts, and the development of realistic and flexible task assignments becomes a necessary ingredient of the approach.

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  • Minuchin also discusses the use of tasks in a manner analogous to the instigative approach, that is, as activities to be carried out between therapeutic sessions.

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  • Although it shares some common ground with the instigative approach discussed earlier, the educational model of clinical practice carries other implications.

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