affordance

noun
af·​ford·​ance | \ə-ˈfȯr-dəns \
plural affordances

Definition of affordance 

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 Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 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 Sciences, 1999

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First Known Use of affordance

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affordance

afford + -ance

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