operant


1op·er·ant

adjective \ˈä-pə-rənt\

Definition of OPERANT

1
:  functioning or tending to produce effects :  effective <an operant conscience>
2
:  of or relating to the observable or measurable
3
:  of, relating to, or being an operant or operant conditioning <operant behavior>
op·er·ant·ly adverb

First Known Use of OPERANT

15th century

2operant

noun

Definition of OPERANT

:  behavior (as bar pressing by a rat to obtain food) that operates on the environment to produce rewarding and reinforcing effects

First Known Use of OPERANT

1937

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