affordance

noun
af·​for·​dance | \ ə-ˈfȯr-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce affordance (audio) \
plural affordances

Definition of affordance

: the quality or property of an object that defines its possible uses or makes clear how it can or should be used We sit or stand on a chair because those affordances are fairly obvious.— Scott Lafee An affordance is a resource or support that the environment offers an animal; the animal in turn must possess the capabilities to perceive it and to use it.— Eleanor J. Gibson et al.

First Known Use of affordance

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affordance

afford + -ance

Note: As a term in the study of cognition introduced by the American psychologist James J. Gibson (1904-79) in The Senses Considered as Perceptual Systems (Boston, 1966) and later essays.

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“Affordance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affordance. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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