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n. Philosophy
The view that all theoretical terms in science must be defined only by their procedures or operations.

op′er·a′tion·al·ist n.


(ˌɒpəˈreɪʃənəlɪst) philosophy
(Philosophy) Also called: operationist a person who adheres to operationalism
(Philosophy) of or relating to operationalism
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Adj.1.operationalist - of or relating to or espousing operationalism; "operationalist doctrine"
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