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Definition of Pavlovian adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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(of an animal's or a 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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