Definition of Pavlovian adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//pævˈləʊviən//
; NAmE NAmE//pævˈloʊviən//
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(of an animal’s or human’s reaction) happening in response to a particular stimulus Her yawn was a Pavlovian response to my yawn. From the name of the Russian scientist, I P Pavlov, who carried out experiments on dogs, showing how they could be conditioned to react to certain stimuli.
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