token economy: Meaning and Definition of

to'ken econ"omy

Pronunciation: [key]
? Psychiatry. Psychiatry.
  1. a method of encouraging desirable behavior, esp. in a hospital setting, by offering rewards of token money that can be exchanged for special food, access to television, and other bonuses.
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