operant

[ op-er-uhnt ]
/ ˈɒp ər ənt /

adjective

operating; producing effects.

noun

a person or thing that operates.

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Origin of operant

1595–1605; <Late Latin operant- (stem of operāns, present participle of operārī;see operate); see -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for operant

operant
/ (ˈɒpərənt) /

adjective

producing effects; operating

noun

a person or thing that operates
psychol any response by an organism that is not directly caused by a stimulus
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Medical definitions for operant

operant
[ ŏpər-ənt ]

adj.

Operating to produce effects; effective.
Of, relating to, or being a response that occurs spontaneously and is identified by its reinforcing or inhibiting effects.

n.

In operant conditioning, a behavior or specific response chosen by the experimenter or therapist.target response
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