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operationalism

[op-uh-rey-shuh-nl-iz-uh m] /ˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃə nlˌɪz əm/
noun, Philosophy
1.
the doctrine that the meaning of a scientific term, concept, or proposition consists of the operation or operations performed in defining or demonstrating it.
Also, operationism.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; operational + -ism
Related forms
operationalist, noun
operationalistic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for operationism

operationalism

/ˌɒpəˈreɪʃənəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
(philosophy) the theory that scientific terms are defined by the experimental operations which determine their applicability
Derived Forms
operationalistic, adjective
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