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operant

adjective op·er·ant \ 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

operantly

adverb

Origin and Etymology of operant

Middle English, borrowed from Late Latin operant-, operans, present participle of operārī "to work, be efficacious, effect, produce" — more at operate


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operant

noun

Definition of operant

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

Origin and Etymology of operant

derivative of 1operant


Medical Dictionary

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operant

adjective op·er·ant \ ˈäp-ə-rənt \

medical Definition of operant

:of, relating to, or being an operant or operant conditioning
  • operant behavior
— compare respondent

operantly

adverb

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operant

noun

medical Definition of operant

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

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