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operant

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AdjectiveEdit

operant (comparative more operant, superlative most operant)

  1. That operates to produce an effect.
    • Shakespeare
      thy most operant poison
    • 1955, Rex Stout, "When a Man Murders...", in Three Witnesses, October 1994 Bantam edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 117:
      I tell you frankly, if Paul Aubry is guilty I hope is convicted and punished; but if one of the others is guilty I hope he—or she—is punished, and if I knew anything operant to that end I certainly would not withhold it.

NounEdit

operant (plural operants)

  1. An operative person or thing.
  2. (psychology) Any of a class of behaviors that produce consequences by operating (i.e., acting) upon the environment.

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VerbEdit

operant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of operō