Punishment refers to a stimulus that decreases the probability that a previous behavior will occur again.

Punishment delivery of aversive consequences in order to decrease some behavior.

An undesirable consequence of a particular behavior, one example would be docking the pay of a frequently tardy worker.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Punishment
- The act of punishing.
- Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense.
- A penalty inflicted by a court of justice on a convicted offender as a just retribution, and incidentally for the purposes of reformation and prevention.
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