op·​er·​a·​tion·​al·​ism | \ ˌä-pə-ˈrā-shnə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce operationalism (audio) , -shə-nə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of operationalism

: a view that the concepts or terms used in nonanalytic scientific statements must be definable in terms of identifiable and repeatable operations

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Other Words from operationalism

operationalist \ ˌä-​pə-​ˈrā-​shnə-​list How to pronounce operationalism (audio) , -​shə-​nə-​list \ noun
operationalistic \ ˌä-​pə-​ˌrā-​shnə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce operationalism (audio) , -​shə-​nə-​ˈli-​stik \ adjective

Examples of operationalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other philosophers found this way of thinking — known as operationalism — an intellectual cop‐out. Quanta Magazine, 9 Mar. 2021 Smith and other foes of operationalism complain that such definitions rely on what a group of people generally agree on. Quanta Magazine, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of operationalism

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for operationalism

operational + -ism

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“Operationalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operationalism. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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