affordance

noun af·ford·ance \ ə-ˈfȯr-dəns \

Definition of affordance

plural affordances
psychology
: the qualities or properties of an object that define its possible uses or make clear how it can or should be used
  • We sit or stand on a chair because those affordances are fairly obvious.
  • —Scott LafeeSan Diego Union-Tribune15 Aug. 1993
  • 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., in The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences1999

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