[ op-uh-rey-shuh-nl-iz-uhm ]
/ ˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃə nlˌɪz əm /
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the doctrine that the meaning of a scientific term, concept, or proposition consists of the operation or operations performed in defining or demonstrating it.
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Also op·er·a·tion·ism [op-uh-rey-shuh-niz-uhm] /ˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm/ .
OTHER WORDS FROM operationalismop·er·a·tion·al·ist, nounop·er·a·tion·al·is·tic, adjective
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Other philosophers found this way of thinking — known as operationalism — an intellectual cop‐out.What Is Life? Its Vast Diversity Defies Easy Definition.|Carl Zimmer|March 9, 2021|Quanta Magazine
British Dictionary definitions for operationalism
/ (ˌɒpəˈreɪʃənəˌlɪzəm) /
philosophy the theory that scientific terms are defined by the experimental operations which determine their applicability
Derived forms of operationalismoperationalistic, adjective
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