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Medical Term:

response hierarchy


alternative reactions or modes of adjustment to a given situation arranged in the probable order of prior effectiveness; a mother attempting to discipline an unruly child may first request, cajole, then plead, scold, and finally punish; her behaviors can be ordered along a response hierarchy for further monitoring of effectiveness.

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