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1. Operating to produce effects; effective.
2. Psychology Of, relating to, or being a response that occurs spontaneously and is identified by its reinforcing or inhibiting effects.
1. One that operates.
2. Psychology An element of operant behavior.

[Latin operāns, operant-, present participle of operārī, to work; see operate.]

op′er·ant·ly adv.


producing effects; operating
1. a person or thing that operates
2. (Psychology) psychol any response by an organism that is not directly caused by a stimulus


(ˈɒp ər ənt)

1. operating; producing effects.
2. a person or thing that operates.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.operant - having influence or producing an effect; "many emotional determinants at work"; "an operant conscience"
operative - being in force or having or exerting force; "operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"
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We are interested in the stimulus - (or antecedent) response-consequence operants of mathematics performance.
Concernant la repartition du trafic maritime par type de navires, il a ete enregistre durant le mois de juillet 2014, l'accostage de 171 navires dont 165 operants et 6 non operants contre 181 navires pour le meme mois de l'annee precedente, soit une diminution de 5,52%.
Furthermore, echoics are extremely valuable in both normal language development (see Hegde, in this issue, and McLaughlin, in this issue) and language interventions as a jumping off stage for developing other kinds of verbal operants that are more involved in verbal interchanges.
The ability of operants to vary, depending upon moment-to-moment stimulus and contingency changes, can be contrasted with another basic form of learning, Pavlovian conditioning, where highly constrained, species-typical responses are the rule.
To me, Analisis de el comportamiento appeared to concern behavior broadly construed as in the the behavior of matter or species and it's origins, whereas analisis de la conducta was about "behaving well." "Analisis de la conducta" identifies the variables associated with: behaving fluently, the molecular and molar contingencies associated with existing operants, or conducting one's self consistent with the best interests of the individual and culture.
Once the [Muslim-[R.sub.M] ([r.sub.M]-[r.sub.T])] complex has been established, it can act as an [S.sup.d] for escape or avoidance operants (e.g., keeping a distance from Muslim people), thus hindering contact with excellent Muslims (the over-whelming majority) and the subsequent counterconditioning.
Le trafic de marchandises au port d'Alger a totalise un volume de 2.831.788 tonnes durant le 3e trimestre 2014, alors que 565 navires, dont 539 operants ont touche le port d'Alger au cours du 3e trimestre 2014 sur des previsions de 550 navires, soit un taux d'atteinte des objectifs de 98%.
Given these relationships, Skinner provided categories for the analysis of verbal behavior, called verbal operants. Each of the verbal operants was addressed separately.
This was a language assessment program for developmentally disabled individuals based on Skinner's (1957) verbal operants. I used it as a subject measure in my doctoral dissertation (Sundberg, 1980).
Mands, however, are an important class of verbal operants that clinicians should target in both early and later stages of language intervention with children as well as adults.
The use of the concurrent operants preference assessment may be beneficial in assisting children with autism to maintain greater control over which instructional approach they receive in home and school therapy programs.