Reinforcement: n. increasing the strength of a subset(s)

We commonly think of troop reinforcements which means increasing the quantity or adding more troops to the battle or adding more police to the police force.

There is also behavior reinforcement which means increasing the frequency or the number of times that a behavior is repeated so that it is learned properly and has staying power.

There is also reinforcing your loving feelings with much loving behavior. There is also the reinforcement of cement with rebar which strengthens the cement structure.

In effect if you increase the frequency, quantity, intensity, or strength of something then you are probably reinforcing.

If you increase the quantity of the food which you buy then humans don’t commonly think of this as reinforcing food so quantity alone sometimes does not determine whether you are actually reinforcing something.

To make more powerful is usually what reinforcing is all about.



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