- operating; producing effects.
- a person or thing that operates.
Origin of operant
Examples from the Web for operant
Historical Examples of operant
A permanent revulsion was operant in her, which intensified as time wore on.A Group of Noble Dames
The operant will to get rid of them would be baptized with a fire that should burn them up.Hope of the Gospel
No conscious courage was operant in me; simply, I was not afraid.Lilith
Thus, within one individual both parasitic and predatory behavior are operant during different stages of its life history.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
Their religion was simply patriotism, but it was quite as operant and effective as Christian piety has ever been.Arrows of Freethought
George W. Foote
- producing effects; operating
- a person or thing that operates
- psychol any response by an organism that is not directly caused by a stimulus
Word Origin and History for operant
"that works," early 15c., from Latin operantem (nominative operans), present participle of operari "to work" (see operation). Psychological sense of "involving behavior modification" coined 1937 by U.S. psychologist B.F. Skinner (e.g. operant conditioning, 1938, Skinner).
- Operating to produce effects; effective.
- Of, relating to, or being a response that occurs spontaneously and is identified by its reinforcing or inhibiting effects.
- In operant conditioning, a behavior or specific response chosen by the experimenter or therapist.target response