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ABUSE POTENTIAL

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the ability a drug retains to keep someone dependent on it. Such ability is often directly correlated with how the drug is given and how quickly it enter one's bloodstream and nervous system in order to produce a high sensation. Thus, drugs that enter the system more quickly through expedited methods such as an IV will be more likely to be habit-forming than those at a slower rate, such as oral ingestion.

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ACCEPTANCE

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noun. 1. an agreeable demeanor toward a concept, position, individual, or group. In regards to therapy, a welcoming and open-minded demeanor possessed by therapy professionals that puts patients at ease. 2. In regards to addicts and dependents recovering from alcohol and drug abuse problems, acceptance is the initial phase an individual needs to get to and go through in order for therapies to begin and be successful.

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ACCESSIBILITY

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noun. Open, receptive, approachable

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ACCESSIBILITY OF AN ATTITUDE

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the probability of a specific attitude being evoked from recollection upon confronting the attitude object.

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ACCURACY

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noun. 1. with regard to an activity, a performance appraisal, typically centered around the balance of accurate answers. 2. much more, basically, the level to which answers or alternatively remarks tend to be accurate. 3. accuracy and sometimes lack of errors.

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ACHIEVEMENT GOAL THEORY

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any of numerous theorems of willingness that discern two kinds of success pursuits, goal-oriented, ego-oriented, that unite such dissimilarities in each person's assumed capacity for the job and their accomplishment conduct.

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ACRONYM

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An abbreviated form of a title that includes several words, but is regarded as a one word grammatically in terms of its abbreviate. Each letter in the abbreviated form generally stands for the first letter of each word that makes up the acronym.

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ACTING OUT

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1. the unrestrained and improper attitudinal declaration of denied feelings that aids in reducing stress corresponding with these feelings or to present them in a concealed, or allusive, way to other people. Such actions may consist of fighting, battling, robbing, intimidating, or throwing fits. Acting out is usually thought to be due to underlying antisocial behavior in kids and teenagers but is not set on only this age group. 2. in psychoanalytic theory, the declaration of involuntary sentimental disputes, emotions, or demands-usually sexual or demanding- through improper action, with no effort to comprehend the origination or interpretation of these actions.

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ACTION READINESS

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a condition of readiness for action that is induced as a component of an emotional reaction and connected with such physiological signals as adjustment in heart rate, breathing rate, and muscle tension. The terminology is usually utilized synonymously with action propensity but also pertains to a widespread eagerness for action that does not include a particular recognizable action propensity,

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ACTION SLIP

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any sort of mistake which involves some sort of intellectual backslide and causes an accidental action, such as placing your eyeglasses in the freezer. Action mistakes are largely called absent-minded blunders. Reference: Absent-mindedness

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