Definition of Operant

1. Adjective. Having influence or producing an effect. "An operant conscience"

Similar to: Operative
Derivative terms: Operate



Definition of Operant

1. a. Operative.

Definition of Operant

1. Adjective. That operates to produce an effect. ¹

2. Noun. An operative person or thing. ¹

3. Noun. (psychology) A class of behavior that produces consequences by operating (i.e., acting) upon the environment. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Operant

1. one that operates [n -S] - See also: operates

Medical Definition of Operant

1. In conditioning, any behaviour or specific response chosen by the experimenter; its frequency is intended to increase or decrease by the judicious pairing with it of a reinforcer when it occurs. Synonym: target behaviour, target response. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Operant

operability
operable
operably
operad
operads
operagoer
operagoers
operagoing
operagoings
operalike
operameter
operand
operanda
operands
operandum
operant (current term)
operant behaviour
operant conditioning
operantly
operants
operas
operate
operate on
operated
operatee
operates
operatic
operatic star
operatical
operatically

Literary usage of Operant

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Philosophy of Individuality: Or, The One and the Many by Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell (1893)
"Under such conditions, these energies are all active, but they are not the mind's co-operant, because the mind does not actively associate itself with them ..."

2. Introduction to Economics by John Roscoe Turner (1919)
"The co-operant forces of industry. 3. The automatic adjustment in industry. 4. Adjustments never complete. 5. Quantitative precision. 6. ..."

3. Extracts from the Account Rolls of the Abbey of Durham, from the Original by Durham Cathedral, Joseph Thomas Fowler (1901)
"(scaffolding, lime, carriage of lime from Ferry to Alverton, and sand, for the same work) ; operant. super ..."

4. Scripture Texts Illustrated by General Literature by Francis Jacox (1871)
"CO-operant UNITS. EPHESIANS iv. 16. THE universal Church is designated by the apostle a ... operant ..."

5. Secular annotations on Scripture texts by Francis Jacox (1870)
"CO-operant UNITS. EPHESIANS ir. 16. THE universal Church is designated by the apostle a body, which whole body is fitly joined together and compacted by ..."

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